If you’re thinking of buying a rental property in San Jose be sure to review the Ellis Act and the new ordinances that have been recently added. On Tuesday, April 18th, on a narrow 6-5 vote, the San Jose City Council imposed new restrictions on the rights of rental property owners. The new regulations include a “Just Cause” ordinance and payment of relocation expenses for renters in rent controlled apartments.
So what exactly is a “Just Cause”? The council proposed the following 12 possible reasons for evicting a tenant. Landlords must not only provide a reason but they must provide documentation to back it up.
- Nonpayment of rent
- Material or Habitual lease violation
- Damage to the apartment
- Refusal to sign a new agreement
- Nuisance behavior
- Refusing access to the apartment
- Unapproved holdover subtenant
- Substantial rehabilitation
- Ellis Act Removal
- Owner move-in
- Order to vacate
- Vacation of unpermitted apartment
The “Just Cause” ordinance and can found at http://bit.ly/TPOD2D8