The City of San Jose Updates Its Tenant Protection Ordinance

The San Jose City Council has made the following changes to its Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO), which are effective of January 18, 2019:

  1.  Apartment owners are required to post a notice of tenant rights in a conspicuous place in each building, or provide every tenant with a copy of this notice.  The City will create the required notice.

  2.  Any tenant who is charged with a crime has a right to return to his or her rental unit under the following conditions: (a) the tenant is acquitted or the charges are dismissed; (b) other members of the tenant’s household still reside in the rental unit; and (c) other members of the tenant’s household consent to her or his return.

  3.  The City of San José recognizes state and federal protections for tenants who are victims of violence.

  4.  All notices of termination of tenancy must include a statement of the following: (a) The notice is being served in good faith; and (b) that information regarding the notice terminating tenancy, including information on homeless prevention, is available from the Rent Stabilization Program, 200 E. Santa Clara St., 12th Floor, San José, CA 95112, phone (408) 975-4480.  The City will create language to comply with the foregoing requirement.

For further information, please contact Ruzicka, Wallace & Coughlin, LLP at (949) 748-3600.

The law firm of Ruzicka, Wallace & Coughlin, LLP represents landlords, property management companies, institutional and private lenders, employers and insurance companies throughout the State of California in real estate, business and employment litigation. The information provided herein is for general interest only and should not be relied upon or construed as legal advice.

January 23, 2019 | Landlord-Tenant Law |