Measure Y is needed to address the growing housing crisis in Oakland and prevent more homelessness and tenant displacement.
Measure Y will expand eviction protections to protect all renters (whose homes are built before 1996) from displacement regardless of the size of the building they live in.
Measure Y will close a “loophole” in the current “Just Cause” ordinance that is being abused by speculators and bad-acting landlords. This abuse has led to the displacement of many long-term tenants, in particular low-income families, mothers and children, immigrant families, and historic Black residents.
Currently, tenants living in duplexes or triplexes with their landlord do not have “Just Cause” eviction protections and can be evicted without reason. Tenants living in all other sized buildings (buildings with 4 or more units) built before 1996 do have eviction protections.
Measure Y will extend “Just Cause” to 8,000 Oakland tenants living in duplexes and triplexes, preventing further risk of their displacement.
What Measure Y Does Not Do
Measure Y does not strip landlords of their rights to evict tenants with a “Just Cause” reason.
Measure Y does not stop landlords from living in their properties.
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