Way to go Oakland! We passed Measure JJ with 75 percent of the vote on November 8, 2016. THANK YOU to everyone who pitched in to strengthen our renter protections. Here's a summary of the key provisions of Measure JJ.
WHY does this matter? Rents in Oakland are among the highest in the nation and people are being forced from their homes every month through illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions. We must act to reform and strengthen Oakland’s weak Rent Adjustment Program and expand Just Cause Eviction protections!
Rent control and just cause eviction protections aren't designed to punish landlords for running a legitimate business; they're simply the most effective way to keep Oaklanders in their homes and set common sense rules of the game - just like for any other business.
WHAT does Measure JJ do? Measure JJ is a game-changer in the way Oakland renters are protected from illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions. Specifically, JJ will:
Require landlords to petition with the Rent Board for rent increases that exceed the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Today, illegal rent increases can only be stopped if a tenant files a petition within 60 days. Landlords are not otherwise responsible for following the law.
Expand Just Cause eviction protections to about 12,000 more units. Current protections cover units built before 1980. JJ extends that to Dec 31, 1995. For protected units, evictions can only occur for a legal reason.
Increase accountability and effectiveness of the Rent Board and Rent Adjustment Program, in several important ways:
Require the City to mail out an annual notice of the Rent Adjustment Program and legal maximum rent increase. Currently, landlords are supposed to inform tenants of their rights. That doesn't work too well.
Create an online searchable database which will give tenant rights organizations, attorneys and advocates better access to badly needed data.
Require annual reporting to City Council of rent increases, eviction notices, and the activities of the Rent Adjustment Program.
Guarantees access to translation services for all hearings and appeals.
WHO is behind the campaign? The Committee to Protect Oakland Renters is made up of a coalition of community-based groups as diverse as Oakland: