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Oakland Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Hazard Pay for Certain Grocery Employees

On February 2, 2021, the Oakland City Council approved the Oakland Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Hazard Pay Ordinance. The emergency ordinance adds Chapter 5.96 to the Oakland Municipal Code and requires large grocery stores in the City of Oakland to pay employees an additional $5.00 per hour in hazard pay during the ...

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Owens v. City of Oakland Housing, Residential Rent and Relocation Board: Extending Rent Control to Tenants Separately Renting Rooms in Single-Family Homes & Condominiums

Owens v City of Oakland Housing Residential Rent and Relocation Board

Tenants protected by rent control have been eagerly anticipating the California Court of Appeal First Appellate District’s holding in the much anticipated Owens v. City of Oakland Housing, Residential Rent and Relocation Board.  On May 29, 2020, the California Court of Appeal published its opinion, which reaffirms the widespread notion ...

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Oakland Rent Board Announces 2.7% Annual CPI Rent Increase Rate

Oakland Rent Board CPI Rent Increase 2020

The Oakland Rent Board announced the annual CPI rate for rent increases effective July 1, 2020, and lasting until June 30, 2021. Rent increases for tenants in Oakland rental units covered by the Oakland Rent Ordinance’s rent control protections are capped at 2.7%. Landlords may not serve a rent increase ...

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Oakland Landlords May Not Ask Tenants About Criminal Records on Applications


Beginning in 2020, Oakland tenants do not have to disclose criminal records on initial applications. The Oakland Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, also referred to as the Oakland Ban the Box housing law prohibits Oakland landlords from considering criminal record information and conducting criminal background checks at the initial rental application ...

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Oakland Halts Evictions & Limits Rent Increases During Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

Oakland Coronavirus Eviction Moratorium

Oakland tenants are protected from evictions during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 local state of emergency, Oakland landlords may not evict a tenant, except where the eviction is necessary to protect the health and safety of other occupants at the property. The Oakland Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium shall remain in ...

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Oakland City Council to Vote on Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium on Friday

Oakland Coronavirus Eviction Moratorium

Oakland tenants may soon be protected from eviction due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  On March 27, 2020, the Oakland City Council will discuss and vote on a possible moratorium on evictions due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed Oakland Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium prohibits eviction of tenants affected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 ...

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Oakland Coronavirus Eviction Moratorium Proposed to Protect Oakland Tenants

Oakland Coronavirus Eviction Moratorium

Oakland tenants can look forward to potential critical tenant rights as the Oakland City Council has taken an active response to the Coronavirus pandemic. On March 11, 2020, the Oakland City Council voted to formally request that the Alameda County Superior Court halt until April 7th. Additionally, a Coronavirus eviction ...

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Oakland Tenants Now Have Ban the Box Rights in Housing

Oakland Fair Chance Housing Ordinance

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Oakland became the first city in California to ban criminal background checks in nearly all rental housing units. The Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, effective immediately, prohibits landlords from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants. Covered units include subsidized affordable and nonprofit housing units. Accessory ...

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Oakland Rent Ordinance Basics

The Oakland Rent Ordinance consists of a rent control component, which protects tenants from drastic rent increases, and a just cause for eviction component, which limits when a landlord may serve an eviction. Despite providing tenants numerous protections, the Oakland Rent Ordinance does not cover every tenancy. Continue reading to ...

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