Policies and Advocacy Opportunities


Just Cause Eviction: Oakland expanded “Just Cause” eviction laws and made legislative changes to protect more renters and prevent displacement. 

  • Property owners now must petition to raise rents above the cost of living, and must pay higher relocation fees.
  • The city expanded services to ensure more renters know their rights and can access free eviction defense legal services. These services protected an estimated 4,000 Oaklanders from displacement in 2017.

Tenant Move Out Ordinance: Oakland adopted a Tenant Move Out Ordinance in April 2018 that requires property owners to advise tenants in writing of their rights when seeking to negotiate a move out. It also grants tenants the right to reconsider and rescind move out agreements in specified circumstances and clarifies that the City’s minimum relocation payment amounts apply to move out agreements.

For more information, please visit Oakland's Rent Adjustment Program page. 

Homelessness/Housing Legislation: 

  • Since January 2018, the Big 11 Mayors have worked with legislative leaders, the Administration and local government representatives to advocate for a meaningful investment to respond to the statewide homeless crisis. In late June, Governor Brown signed the legislation which will send nearly $9M in state grants to Oakland.  The initial funding prioritizes immediate relief in the form of building new shelters, expanding supportive services, and emergency solutions to move people off the sidewalks and into services.
  • AB 3139 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (Oakland) would allow the state Department of Transportation to lease unused property to the City of Oakland to use for emergency shelter or feeding programs.

The California legislature also passed a historic “Housing Package” of bills in late 2017.

  • SB 2 (Sen. Toni Atkins) - a $75 fee on real estate recording transactions estimated to generate an ongoing $250 million per year, with 50 percent dedicated for homelessness in year one.
  • SB 3 (Sen. Jim Beall) - a $4 billion affordable housing bond that will go on the November 2018 ballot. The bond is capable of leveraging nearly $11 billion more in federal tax credits, amplifying its power, with a projected ripple of $23.5 billion in economic activity, more than $8.5 billion in labor income, and more than $1 billion in additional local and state revenue.