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Council to Revisit Rent Protection Ordinance Again on Dec. 9

Council to Revisit Rent Protection Ordinance Again on Dec. 9

The City Council discussed establishing an emergency ordinance to prevent unjust evictions and rent hikes in Palo Alto on both November 18 and December 2, and will revisit it again on December 9.

The ordinance would give renters protection from no-fault evictions until the state Tenant Protection Act (AB 1482) goes into effect on January 1. You can read the emergency ordinance here. To share your input with the City Council on this topic, go here for more.

While this discussion continues, resources are available to tenants and landlords. Tenant-landlord mediation is available through the Project Sentinel Fair Housing Center. Should renters have any issues arise prior to the start of the new law in the new year, contact Project Sentinel here. The community can learn more about the new law here.

The following agencies also provide legal assistance to tenants, regardless of income: 

  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (408)280-2424 
  • Bay Area Legal Aid (800) 551-5554

 For additional resources, follow these links:

  • For complete AB1482 bill text, go here
  • AB 1482 Frequently Asked Questions can be found here
  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley AB 1482 Information can be found here
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court also provides self-help materials and referrals to organizations offering free or low-cost legal help here


Last Updated: December 3, 2019