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 evaluating how best to amend or extend state tenancy protections in Petaluma at a workshop on March 6.  City staff are gathering feedback to discuss at the workshop. Two community workshops were held on Feb. 1 and 4 and you can view a recording of the virtual workshop by clicking here. We now welcome you to share your feedback by answering the survey below.

Community Survey

Petaluma's Tenancy Protections Survey was open to the community from Feb. 2 to 20, 2023, and received more than 1,000 responses. We are so grateful for the community's heartfelt and thoughtful feedback! Staff presented the data received along with all comments to the City Council prior to the first workshop on the ordinance held on March 6. If you would like to provide additional feedback to the Council before the next review in April, please email your public comments to [email protected].

Interim Ordinance Information

Click here to view the City of Petaluma’s Tenant Protections Ordinance.
Click here to view the related Staff Report.
Click here to view the Powerpoint that was presented at all of the community workshops.

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

Guide to Tenant Protections in Petaluma

Your Rights as a Tenant

Noticing Required by Landlords

Mobile Home Rental Program

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