Cars drive along Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Oakland, long synonymous with crime and blight, is attracting businesses and residents priced out of its more famous neighbor, San Francisco and drawn to an increasingly vibrant scene. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Oakland landlords will have to pay thousands if they evict tenants to move back in

A new Oakland ordinance requires relocation payments of thousands of dollars to renters evicted by landlords who are moving back to their properties.

Passed by the City Council on Jan. 16, the Uniform Relocation Ordinance creates a schedule of relocation payments that will increase every year based on consumer price index fluctuations.

The first schedule would require landlords to pay $9,875 to those evicted from three or more bedroom units, $8,000 to renters evicted from two-bedroom units and $6,500 to people evicted from studios or one-bedroom units. Households with low-income, elderly or disabled people or those with minor children would be entitled to an additional payment of $2,500 per unit.

“With uniform relocation, we have an opportunity here to take care of the poor among us who are forced out of their homes and forced to live on the streets,” Oakland Warehouse Coalition’s Jonah Strauss said at the council meeting.

The ordinance would expand on another approved by the council last year, which created the same uniform schedule of relocation payments for landlords who evict tenants under the state’s Ellis Act. The Ellis Act allows landlords to evict tenants if they take their property off the rental market.

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