Despite strong opposition from the California Apartment Association, the San Rafael City Council passed a “just cause” eviction and mandatory-mediation ordinance Monday on a 3-1 vote.

The just-cause eviction ordinance will prevent landlords from terminating tenancies without proving that a specified cause exists. Such policies drag out the eviction process and make it more difficult and costlier to terminate tenancies.

Mandatory mediation will be required for rental increases exceeding 5 percent over a 12-month period and will include single-family homes.

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