What are the “Just Causes” that justify terminating a tenancy and evicting a tenant under the Ordinance?

Like the Tenant Protection Act, the Ordinance separates the “just causes” for terminating a tenancy into “for cause” and “no-fault” just causes. 

“For Cause” Just Causes 

  1. Failure to pay rent within three days of receiving written notice from the landlord demanding payment. 
  2. Continuing violation of material terms of the rental agreement after written notice to cure. 
  3. Tenant illegal activity that occurred during the tenancy at or within on thousand feet of the dwelling unit or the lot where the dwelling unit is located.  
  4. Threat of violent crime made by a tenant or at their direction to any person who is on the lot that includes the dwelling unit or to the landlord, or to the landlord’s agent.
  5. The tenant or tenant household creating or permitting a nuisance at or within one thousand feet of the dwelling unit or the lot where the dwelling unit is located after written notice to cease, and the passage of a reasonable period of time to cure the nuisance. 
  6. Failure to give the landlord reasonable landlord access to the unit after the landlord has served written notice. 

“No Fault” just causes

  1. Permanent withdrawal of a residential unit from the rental market. in accordance with the Ellis Act.
  2. The owner or one of the owner’s relatives intends to reside in the dwelling unit as their primary residence .  
  3. Substantial rehabilitation for health and safety that cannot be completed while the unit is occupied of a dwelling unit that qualifies for the protections of the Ordinance when the landlord has obtained all necessary permits for the work. 

The “just causes” in the Ordinance mirror the “just causes” in the Tenant Protections Act. If the eviction is based on a “no-fault” “just cause” the tenant will be entitled to relocation benefits described here.

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