Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C.
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San Francisco, CA 94104
San Francisco Personal Injury
The City of Alameda has a rent ordinance that provides certain protections for tenants. One of the key features is the “Just Cause” eviction provision. It means that tenants cannot be evicted unless the landlord has a valid reason.
Landlords cannot increase rent more than once in a 12-month period. Landlords may increase rent only according to the percentage of the Annual General Adjustment, which is provided by the City and varies each year. Landlords cannot increase rent more than 3 times during a tenancy using any banked Annual General Adjustments. If a landlord raises rent by over 10% and the tenant decides to vacate the unit instead of agreeing to the increased amount, the landlord must provide relocation payments as described in the Rent Ordinance.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Alameda has instituted an ordinance which outlines the protections for tenants that have been impacted financially-tenants that have lost 20% or more of their monthly gross income due to the pandemic. Said tenants are entitled to substantive eviction defense if an unlawful detainer is received for the following reasons:
Landlords are prohibited from shutting off utilities unless it is an emergency situation or necessary repairs are being made. In addition, landlords are prohibited from increasing rents in fully regulated residential units until January 1, 2021. This freeze on rent increases does not apply to units that are not under rent control.
One of the experienced tenant attorneys at Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C., is available to discuss your case, the options available to you and how we can assist you. We offer a free initial consultation, after which you are under no obligation to retain us as your attorneys. We commonly handle cases against landlords on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not get paid unless you recover.
For a free consultation concerning your Alameda Rent Ordinance case, please contact Michael Bracamontes at 415.835.6777, extension 101 or Ryan Vlasak at 415.835.6777, extension 102. You can also email us.
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