City of Oakland

Oakland Ordinance Changes: Effective February 1, 2017

 The following proposals to change the Oakland Rent Ordinance were passed at the September 30 council meeting.
  • Capital improvements will no longer be based on 5 years, but rather “useful life”. Additionally, imputed financing costs will be allowed in a schedule, to be determined by the Rent Board. All other capital improvement restrictions remain in place.
  • Extend waiting period for exemption from rent control for 2-3 unit owner-occupied buildings from 1 year to 2 years
  • Renters will have 90/120 days, rather than 60 days, to contest rent increases depending on if a RAP notice has been served or not
  • Language translation services will be provided by the Rent Board to all persons who request it

Click here to download the Ordinance changes.


Oakland Ballot Measure Results

Measure JJ: Renter’s Upgrade Act – Approved with Majority Vote  

  • Pre-petition for all increases above the annual allowable increase (CPI, currently 2%)
  • No pre-petitioning needed for banking
  • Just Cause will now include properties built before December 31,1995 (currently set at 1980)
  • More power given to the Oakland Rent Board
  • Substantial rehabilitation has much more restrictive requirements
  • This measure is effective February 1, 2017

Click here to read full ordinance

Measure KK: Infrastructure Bond – Approved with More Than 2/3 Vote 
Measure KK is an infrastructure bond, that will last 30 years and tax residents $70 per every $100,000 of assessed property value. This increase includes commercial, multi-unit and single-family dwellings and cannot be passed through to renters. For an average property value of $900,000, that means another $630 per year for 30 years. The City can pay staff salaries with this money. Bond proceeds can be given as loans or grants to nonprofits, corporations, and other government agencies.What is not spent in 10 yearscan be reallocated with a simple council resolution. This is effective next tax bill.