California's New Tenant Protection Act Passed on October 13, 2019
The Tenant Protection Act (AB 1482) was signed into law by the Governor on October 13th, 2019 to prevent rent-gouging and unfair evictions. AB 1482 provides for an annual statewide rent cap of 5% + CPI, just cause eviction protections, and relocation assistance for just cause no-fault evictions. The changes in AB 1482 are some of the broadest sweeping changes in statewide tenant policy in years, but it will require renters and advocates to take action to enforce these new rights. Note that not all tenants are covered by this new act.
Tenants Together created this AB 1482 Tenant Advocacy Toolkit
to provide basic information on the new law, as well as some sample letters for tenants looking to enforce their rights under this new law.
Unscrupulous landlords have been trying to skirt the new law by evicting tenants before 1/1/2020. In response to tenant demands and mobilization by thousands of people, municipalities around the state have passed local moratoriums to protect tenants (see the list below of cities that have successfully passed moratoriums). We encourage you to seek legal assistance if you are facing displacement. You may have recourse and we encourage you to advocate for moratoriums at the local and state levels.
Click here to send a letter to Governor Newsom demanding a statewide moratorium
Local Moratoriums Passed in 2019 (last updated 11/13/19)
(every ordinance is different please contact your city or local advocacy organizations for details)
Los Angeles (city)
San Mateo (city)
Santa Cruz (city)
Santa Cruz (county unincorporated)