In November, 2014, the Oakland City Council adopted the Tenant Protection Ordinance or“TPO” (O.M.C. 8.22.600) in response to growing incidences of intimidation and harassment of tenants, many of whom feel constrained by language, residency, of lack of information and access to available remedies to make reports under state law. Of the original TPO proposal, the Council adopted the measures and definitions, but delayed enacting the implementation and remedies sections to an unspecified later date. The TPO is meant to deter harassment by property owners.
On July 21, 2020 Oakland City Council adopted amendments to the TPO. The amendments limit to the overall maximum rent increase consistent with recent state law, limit late fees, prohibit unilateral changes to the terms of tenancy, allow one for one replacement of roommates, provide a 5% rent increase for new roommates, and strengthen the enforcement of tenant protections.
Harassment under the TPO is defined as the owner engaging in any of the following behaviors in bad faith: