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San Diego’s new ‘just cause’ law

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CAA issues compliance materials for San Diego’s new ‘just cause’ eviction law

The California Apartment Association has published its first round of compliance materials to help members navigate San Diego’s newly passed eviction ordinance and held a webinar on June 27 to help housing providers understand the law’s various requirements.

The law, officially the “Residential Tenant Protections Ordinance to Prevent Displacement and Homelessness,” takes effect on June 24. It imposes fresh “just cause” for eviction limits on evictions for most city residents and outlines rules for tenant buyout offers and agreements.  

This new ordinance repeals and replaces the city of San Diego’s existing just cause law, known as the Tenants Right to Know Ordinance, in place since 2004. Just cause laws remove a landlord’s ability to use a “no cause” notice to terminate a month-to-month tenancy under state law. Tenant buyout agreements involve landlords negotiating with tenants to move out of a unit in return for a stipulated payment.

CAA’s compliance materials for San Diego’s new just cause eviction ordinance include:

  • Industry Insight on the ordinance’s just cause provisions.
  • Industry Insight on the ordinance’s buyout provisions.
  • Forms to comply with the ordinance’s mandatory notice provisions.
    • For tenancies existing prior to the effective date (SD-004).
    • For tenancies beginning or renewing on or after the effective date (SD-003).
  • Mandatory exemption forms for units that are “separately alienable” (e.g. some single-family homes and condominiums).
    • For tenancies existing prior to Jan. 1, 2024 (SD-005).
    • For tenancies existing on or after Jan. 1, 2024 (SD-006).
  • Optional temporary exemption form for units built in the previous 15 years (SD-011).
  • Notice of just cause ordinance: Notice form for tenancies in existence before the ordinance’s effective date, June 24, 2023. (Form SD-004).

San Diego City laws and regulations

City of San Diego – Source of Income Discrimination Law

Effective August 1, 2019, the City of San Diego prohibits discrimination based on a tenant’s source of income, including the receipt of housing subsidies, such as Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. (San Diego Municipal Code Section 98.0801-98.0806)

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