Tenant Protections in Petaluma
Effective Fall 2022, the City of Petaluma might have special rules that apply to the eviction of tenants in single family homes, condominiums, and other residential dwellings.
These rules limit the reasons residentials tenants can be evicted and require residential property owners and managers to take additional steps and provide financial compensation to their tenants under certain circumstances.
The City Council is considering final adoption of these rules at their meeting on September 12, 2022.
Property Owners and Managers
- Read the background information and FAQs below
- Attend the Zoom meeting: Property Owners and Managers will have a chance to learn about the ordinance, ask questions, and meet the City of Petaluma housing manager at a Zoom meeting planned for September 2022.
- Please contact [email protected] for information about the webinar and to receive copies of forms that need to be filed when evicting tenants.
- Please read the background information FAQs below
- If you have questions about your rights, please contact the City's Housing Department at [email protected]
On August 1, 2022, the City Council introduced an ordinance to add a new Chapter 6.60 entitled “Residential Tenancy Protections” to the Petaluma Municipal Code. The complete Ordinance can be found here: https://petaluma.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=31&clip_id=3706&meta_id=534571
The Ordinance expands the state law eviction protections in the Tenant Protections Act of 2019, Government Code Sections 1945.2 and 1947.12 – 1947.13. The Tenant Protection Act includes both “just cause eviction” protections and “rent cap” limits. The Ordinance also includes eviction protections and relocation benefits as permitted by the Ellis Act, Government Code Sections 7060 and following. The Ellis Act permits landlords to evict tenants to remove their residential unit from the rental housing market. The Ordinance establishes notice requirements, relocation assistance and rights to return to a rental property for qualifying tenants when the landlord decides to remove the unit from the rental housing market. The Ordinance does not establish local rent control. Instead, the Ordinance provides expanded for cause eviction protection and Ellis Act tenant protections in addition to the statewide rent control under the Tenant Protection Act.