April 28, 2017

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Dear Valued Community Members and Partners:


Update on the Tenant Protection Ordinance 


On April 18, 2017, after four hours of public testimony, the City Council voted to return with a Tenant Protection Ordinance that includes just cause protections without enrollment requirements. The direction given stated that the protections would commence at the beginning of the tenancy for all apartments covered by the prior version of the proposed ordinance reviewed by the Council on April 18th. Staff was also directed to prepare an urgency ordinance to allow protections to be implemented immediately.

The City Council will be considering the proposed Tenant Protection Ordinance and the extension of the Interim Apartment Rent Ordinance at the May 9, 2017 City Council meeting. 

To view these documents, please review the City Council agenda for the following items:


Actions Related to Tenant Protection Ordinance with Just Cause Protections

Extension of the Interim Amendment to the Apartment Rent Ordinance and Removal o Exemption for Apartments with Government Rent


If the urgency ordinance is approved, just cause protections will go into effect on May 10th. If the urgency ordinance is not approved, then just cause protections will go into effect 30 days after the second City Council hearing of the Tenant Protection Ordinance.

Information regarding the approved action by City Council will be discussed at the regular meeting of the Housing and Community Development Commission on May 11, 2017.

HCDC Meeting
May 11, 2017

City Hall Wing Rooms

5:45 pm


Update on the Ellis Act Ordinance

On April 18th, the City Council recommended approval of the Ellis Act Ordinance, which provides relocation benefits for tenants when the landlord withdraws rent stabilized buildings from the rental market. On April 25th, the City Council adopted the Ellis Act Ordinance.  The new requirements will go into effect on May 25, 2017.   

If you have general questions regarding these proposed actions, please contact Rachel VanderVeen at 408-535-8321 or rachel.vanderveen@sanjoseca.gov.


We hope you will continue to join us as we work together on these important issues.   


Jacky Morales-Ferrand

Director, Housing Department



City of San Jose - Housing Department