CAA rallying owners to oppose just-cause proposal for San Jose

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The California Apartment Association is calling on its members to speak out next week against a proposal to place eviction controls on San Jose apartments.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the council will consider instituting a “just cause” for eviction ordinance. Under this kind of policy, a landlord can only evict a tenant when certain, narrow conditions are met. For example, a landlord  could no longer evict a tenant for committing a violent or drug-related crime, unless the tenant has been convicted of the crime or the landlord can offer proof of the criminal activity.

One goal of the legislation is to protect tenants from retaliatory eviction for requesting repairs. However, the way the ordinance is crafted, a tenant could file a frivolous claim for repair with the city and be shielded from eviction indefinitely.

These just-cause policies are part of a Tenant Protection Ordinance recommended by the city’s Housing Department. The proposed changes are meant to supplement the city’s rent control ordinance, which the council strengthened last year, reducing the maximum annual rent increase for regulated units from 8 percent to 5 percent.

Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and will be held in Council Chambers, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose.

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