Tenant & Landlord Resources

Urgency ordinance- Effective march 25, 2020

On March 25, 2020, Concord City Council adopted an urgency ordinance imposing a temporary moratorium on evictions for failure to pay rent, utilities, late fees or penalties for residential and commercial tenants in the City who are experiencing a substantial decrease in household or business income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ordinance also imposes a moratorium on rent increases for those properties not exempt under State Legislation AB-1482.

The Ordinance does the following:

  • Protects tenants against evictions for failure to pay rent and establishes a 90-day repayment window for each month in arrears, beginning with the first day following the lifting of the moratorium. Protects tenants against having their utilities shut off by their landlord for failure to pay rent and/or utilities

  • Protects tenants against being charged late fees or other penalties for failure to pay rent and/or utilities

  • Protects most tenants against being issued rent increases; exempts those properties not subject to State Legislation AB-1482.

  • Encourages protections for landlords by urging financial institutions and utilities to freeze any foreclosure or utility shut-offs

The moratorium on evictions applies to all businesses and residential properties in Concord regardless of age or size, including single-family homes, rooms rented in single-family homes, duplexes, condominiums, income-restricted apartments (i.e., affordable housing), rent-stabilized apartments, market-rate apartments, and mobilehomes.

The moratorium on rent increases applies to all businesses regardless of age or size and to all residential properties except those exempt pursuant to State Legislation AB-1482: properties issued a Certificate of Occupancy within last 15 years; single family homes, townhouses and condominiums, unless owned by investment trust, corporation or LLC.; owner-occupied duplexes; hotels; residential care facilities for adults or the elderly; school dormitories; and group housing.

The ordinance provides that both residential and commercial tenants are required to:

1) Notify landlord of a substantial loss of income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic at least seven (7) days before rent is due.

Examples of being impacted by COVID-19 include:

  • job loss 
  • reduction in hours of work
  • store, restaurant or office closure
  • furlough or layoff
  • the need to miss work to care for a home-bound, school-age child
  • State or local emergency actions that prevent you from working

2) Within three (3) days after rent is due, provide landlord with written documentation demonstrating at least a 20% reduction of monthly gross pay as a result of a layoff or reduction in hours caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, or because of childcare needs or expenses arising from school closures or childcare closures related to the pandemic.

Examples of documentation include:

  • letter from an employer citing COVID-19 as a reason for reduced work hours or termination
  • paycheck stubs from before and after the COVID-19 outbreak
  • bank statements showing your financial situation before and after the outbreak

The ordinance specifically addresses unpaid rents that occur as a direct result of the current health crisis. It does not relieve a tenant of the responsibility to pay rent. It does not apply to preexisting back rent owed prior to the moratorium.

As the City does not have the authority to regulate financial institutions or public utilities, to protect landlords, the proposed Ordinance urges financial institutions or utilities to freeze any foreclosure or utility shut-offs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, consistent with the language in Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-28-20.

Additionally, the City is establishing a mediation/advocacy program for tenants whose landlords do not comply with the temporary eviction and rent moratorium. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

If you have additional questions, please email Brenda Kain, Housing Manager, at Brenda.Kain@cityofconcord.org or Sophia Huckabay, Housing Program Analyst, at Sophia.huckabay@cityofconcord.org.

A Spanish translation of this information on the Urgency Ordinance will be available shortly. 


Assembly Bill 1482: Tenant Protection Act of 2019 – Rent Caps- Effective January 1, 2020

On October 8, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1482: Tenant Protection Act of 2019 – Rent Caps. The bill was effective January 1, 2020 and sunsets on January 1, 2030. AB 1482 includes annual rent increase caps of 5% plus inflation or 10%, whichever is lower; protections for ‘just cause’ and ‘no-fault’ evictions; relocation assistance; and revised tenant noticing requirements. Most multifamily rental properties that are at least 15 years old are subject to this law, with some exceptions. To access AB 1482 and its full text, please visit the California Legislative Information website by clicking here.

Please visit the California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) website here for additional information.

How this applies in Concord:  In accordance with AB1482, if a unit is subject to this new law, the maximum rent increase a tenant can receive in a year in Concord is 9% (5% + 4% of the CPI).

If you are a landlord and would like additional information, contact the California Apartment Assn. at (925) 398-7551.

If you are a tenant and believe your landlord has violated this law, contact Bay Area Legal Aid at (925) 219-3325. 


Update from February 11, 2020, City Council Meeting Considering Rental Housing Policies

Staff will bring the requested documents and information before the Council for their consideration in May, 2020 (tentatively scheduled for May 12, 2020). Council has made no final decisions. Residents can request to be added to the Interested Parties list to receive notification of all future meetings by sending an email to Sophia.Huckabay@cityofconcord.org.

Council Direction to Staff

Staff was directed to draft an ordinance for Council review that includes:

  • Rent Cap – Use AB 1482 criteria: Places an upper limit on annual rent increases: five percent (5%) plus cost of living inflation (CPI) up to a maximum of 10 percent (10%) increase each year, whichever is less.
  • Rent Review Program - Discontinue Rent Review Program as of 6/30/20. Provide City Council service options for Tenant/Landlord Services.
  • Relocation Assistance Amount – Provide two times the current contract rent or $5,000, whichever is greater.
  • Relocation Assistance Criteria for Unit Type – Use AB 1482 criteria: The law requires landlords to pay relocation assistance in the event of No-Fault Just Cause evictions.  No-Fault Just Causes include:
    • Compliance with a government order or a local ordinance that requires vacation of the unit;
    • Removal of the rental unit from the marketplace;
    • Intent to demolish or substantially remodel the unit; or
    • Intent to occupy the residential property or for specified family members of the landlord to occupy the property (only if the tenant agrees to such termination or if the lease allows for unilateral termination).
  • 12 month minimum lease term –Provide tenants and landlords the opportunity to secure 12 months of rent security at the commencement of rent term.  At renewal tenants and landlords may negotiate terms of month to month or a 6 or 12 month lease.
  • State Legislation re: Rent Registry - Included in City Council legislative priorities.
  • Local Rent Registry – Provide City Council a recommendation regarding practical implementation of a local rent registry, including estimate of likely costs.
  • Sunset Provision in Ordinance –January 1, 2030, concurrent with AB 1482’s sunset.


Other resources 

There are a variety of resources available for tenants and landlords of multi-family, single-family and mobile home rental complexes.



Ley de la Asamblea 1482: Acta de Protección de Inquilinos del 2019 – Límite de Aumento de Alquiler - A partir del 1 de enero del 2020

El 8 de octubre del 2019, el Gobernador Gavin Newsom firmó la Ley de La Asamblea 1482: Acta de Protección de Inquilinos del 2019 – Limite de Aumento de Alquiler. El proyecto de ley entró en vigor el 1 de enero del 2020 y se vence el 1 de enero del 2030. AB 1482 incluye los límites anuales de aumento del alquiler del 5% más la inflación o el 10%, lo que sea menor; protecciones para los desalojos de "causa justa" y "sin culpa"; asistencia de reubicación; y los requisitos revisados de notificación para inquilinos. La mayoría de las propiedades de alquiler multifamiliares que tienen al menos 15 años de edad, están sujetas a esta ley, con algunas excepciones. Para acceder a AB 1482 y su texto completo, por favor visite la página web de Información Legislativa de California haciendo clic aquí.

Por favor visite la página web del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario de California (HCD, por sus siglas en inglés) aquí para obtener información adicional

Cómo se aplica esto en Concord: De acuerdo con la AB1482, si una unidad está sujeta a esta nueva ley, el aumento máximo de alquiler que un inquilino puede recibir en un año en Concord es del 9% (5% + 4% del IPC).

Si usted es un propietario y desea información adicional, comuníquese con el California Apartment Assn. al (925) 398-7551.

Si usted es un inquilino y cree que su arrendador ha violado esta ley, comuníquese con Bay Area Legal Aid al (925) 219-3325.


Actualización del 11 de febrero del 2020, Reunión del Concilio de la Ciudad Considerando las Políticas de Vivienda de Alquiler

El personal presentará los documentos e información solicitados al Concilio para su consideración en mayo del 2020 (tentativamente programado para el 12 de mayo de 2020). El Concilio no ha tomado decisiones definitivas. Los residentes pueden solicitar ser agregados a la lista de Partes Interesadas para recibir la notificación de todas las reuniones futuras enviando un correo electrónico a Sophia.Huckabay@cityofconcord.org.

Dirección del Concilio al Personal

Se ordenó al personal que redactara una ordenanza para la revisión del Concilio que incluya:

  • Limite en Aumento de Alquiler – Usar los criterios de la AB 1482: Coloca un límite superior a los aumentos de alquiler anuales: cinco por ciento (5%) más la inflación del costo de vida (IPC) hasta un máximo del 10 por ciento (10%) de aumento cada año, lo que sea menor.
  • Programa de Revisión de Renta - Discontinuar el Programa de Revisión de Rentas a partir del 6/30/20. Proporcionar opciones de servicio del Concilio de la Ciudad para los Servicios de Inquilinos/Propietarios.
  • Monto de la Asistencia de Reubicación – Proporcionar el doble del contrato de renta actual o $5,000, lo que sea mayor.
  • Criterios de Asistencia de Reubicación para el Tipo de Unidad – Usar los criterios de la AB 1482: La ley requiere que los propietarios paguen la asistencia de reubicación en caso de desalojos de causa justa o sin culpa. Las causas justas sin culpa incluyen:
    • Cumplimiento de una orden gubernamental o una ordenanza local que requiere el desalojo de la unidad;
    • Retirar la unidad de alquiler del mercado;
    • Intención de demoler o remodelar sustancialmente la unidad; o
    • Intención de ocupar la propiedad residencial o para que los familiares especificados del arrendador o propietario ocupen la propiedad (sólo si el inquilino acepta dicha terminación o si el contrato de arrendamiento permite la terminación unilateral).
  • Plazo mínimo de arrendamiento de 12 meses – Proporcionar a los inquilinos y propietarios la oportunidad de garantizar 12 meses de seguridad de alquiler al comienzo del periodo de alquiler.  En la renovación, los inquilinos y propietarios pueden negociar los términos de mes a mes o un contrato de arrendamiento de 6 o 12 meses
  • Legislación Estatal sobre Registro de Rentas - Incluido en las prioridades legislativas del Concilio de la Ciudad
  • Registro de Rentas Locales – Proporcionar al Concilio de la Ciudad una recomendación con respecto a la implementación práctica de un registro local de rentas, incluyendo la estimación de los costos probables.
  • Establecer vencimiento de la Ordenanza – 1 de enero del 2030, simultáneamente con el vencimiento de la AB 1482.


OTROS RECURSOS 

Hay una variedad de recursos disponibles para los inquilinos y propietarios de complejos de alquiler de casas multifamiliares, unifamiliares y móviles.