When does the Ordinance apply?

The Ordinance applies when tenants have continuously and lawfully occupied a rental unit within the City of Petaluma for:

  • 6 months – when owner does not live on the same property as the tenant
  • 12 months – when the owner lives on the same property as the tenant or if the tenant rents an accessory or junior accessory dwelling unit.

Exceptions:
The following situations are not subject to the Petaluma rules:

  • Dwelling units owned or subsidized by a government agency where the rent does not exceed 30% of household income.
  • Dwelling units in developments in which at least forty-nine percent of the dwelling units are subject to affordable housing deed restrictions
  • Dwelling units with tenant managers and
  • Dwelling units in which the owner resides with a tenant as the owner’s primary residence.
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