Residential Tenancy Protections

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In January 2020 California's Tenant Protection Act (TPA) went into effect which significantly changed the rules around renting residential property, including rent stabilization which limits how landlords can raise rent and when they can terminate rental agreements. In October 2022, Petaluma City Council adopted an interim ordinance that provides extended tenant protections, expands the units they apply to (including single family homes), accelerates when the protections take effect for tenants, and establishes remedies for violations.

The interim ordinance is set to expire July 1, 2023 and City Council will be reviewing this interim ordinance at a workshop on March 6 to discuss what, if any, changes will be made. City Staff is hosting community workshops on February 1 & 4 (details below) to gather feedback to present at the Council workshop. Spanish translation will be available at all workshops.

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Upcoming Community Workshops - Feb. 1 & Feb. 4

Renters, landlords, and all Petaluma community members are invited to join the City of Petaluma's upcoming community workshops to learn about the interim Residential Tenancy Protections Ordinance and provide feedback for Council to consider.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 6-8pm: Virtual Workshop on Zoom
  • Saturday, Feb. 4 from 11am-1pm: In-person Workshop
    • Petaluma Community Center - 320 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954

At these workshops we will:

  • Provide information about the current Residential Tenancy Protections Ordinance
  • Explain how Petaluma's ordinance compares to existing state law
  • Gather feedback on potential amendments to the ordinance for City Council to consider
  • Help you understand how this impacts renters and landlords
  • Answer any additional questions

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Current Ordinance Information

Click here to view the City of Petaluma’s Tenant Protections Ordinance.
Click here to view the related Staff Report.

The Residential Tenancy Protections were designed to:

  • Prevent arbitrary, retaliatory, or discriminatory evictions
  • Provide enhanced rental protections beyond the TPA, for more units and tenants to acquire the protections faster than provided by the TPA
  • Provide proper notice to tenants about their rights and about termination of tenancy
  • Provide relocation assistance to tenants who are evicted under certain circumstances
  • Ensures that all noticing is provided in both English and Spanish, or provided in the same language as the original Lease Agreement
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HOW TO GET HELP

Petaluma People Service Center
Free, non-biased services to all tenants, agents, and landlords who live in, manage, or own property in Petaluma.
Phone: 707-765-8488

City of Petaluma Housing Manager
Questions about the City's rules and submitting required forms.
Email: [email protected]

Legal Aid of Sonoma County
Help with eviction defense, Section 8 issues, mobile home park support, habitability problems, and price gouging for low-income tenants.
Phone: 707-843-4432

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Guide to Tenant Protections in Petaluma

Your Rights as a Tenant

Noticing Required by Landlords

Mobile Home Rental Program

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