Strong tenant protections come to Contra Costa County. In 2016, Richmond passed the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction and Homeowner Protection Ordinance — the first rent-control law in Contra Costa County. The comprehensive measure includes both rent control and just cause eviction, which makes no-fault evictions costlier for landlords. The law fully covers over 9,000 units in the city and another 10,000 are partially covered. State law prohibits rent control in single-family homes, but the Richmond measure does include eviction controls for single-family units and condos. Learn more.
Rent control has allowed Evangelina Lara and her family to live in the same apartment in Oakland's San Antonio neighborhood for 20 years. Recently, a large corporation bought the building and sought to evict all the tenants by illegally raising the rent and then flipping their units. Using protections under the rent control law, with support from Causa Justa :: Just Cause, Evangelina and her neighbors successfully fought the rent increases and were able to maintain their affordable rents and stay in the city.
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