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New state law (Assembly Bill 1482 Tenant Protection Act of 2019) provides an annual rent cap of 5% plus Consumer Price Index (CPI) and just cause eviction protections for residential tenancies beginning January 1, 2020. To prevent the displacement of vulnerable residents, the Menlo Park City Council passed an urgency ordinance (Ordinance No. 1063) to enact the law locally, beginning on November 12, 2019. The City's ordinance remained in effect within the Menlo Park city limits from November 12, 2019 through December 31, 2019, which provided tenants with a legal defense to certain unlawful detainer actions prior to state law taking effect on January 1, 2020.
Annual rent increases are limited to 5% plus CPI, or 10%, whichever is lower.
Landlords/owners need a valid reason to evict a tenant, which are identified by the following categories.
If your rent has increased more than nine percent (9%) between March 15, 2019 and November 12, 2019:
If your rent has not increased between March 15, 2019 and November 12, 2019:
Yes, the new law does not affect a landlord/owner’s right to raise the rent once a tenant vacates the unit. However, once a new tenant is placed in the unit, any future rent increases are subject to rent limit laws.
When the termination of a tenant rental agreement is based on a no-fault cause, the renter is entitled to a relocation assistance payment or rent waiver.
The notice of termination to evict the tenant is no longer valid and becomes void.
The landlord/owner has 15 calendar days to issue the payment or rent waiver.
No, AB 1482 does not account for this type of payment structure. The landlord may choose one form of relocation assistance compensation.
Yes, please contact either of the following free legal assistance organizations.
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