Ordinance on Just Cause for Eviction

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 12/18/2018


No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will conduct a merit hearing for an ordinance to require cause to terminate a residential tenancy, commonly called just cause for eviction. Just cause policies are intended to provide stability for households who rent by regulating the grounds for eviction: very simply, ensuring there is a specific reason for rental termination. The policies promote greater awareness of the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants and provide a clear and transparent process for evictions and lease terminations. In June 2018, the Assessment of Fair Housing identified consideration of a just cause policy as a priority recommendation to promote fair housing opportunities in Marin. In response, the Board scheduled and held a September 2018 workshop to explore just cause policies. At that time, the Board gave direction to staff but no vote was taken. The Board unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance on December 4.


The Board conducted the merit hearing and approved the ordinance.

Need more info?  See the staff report about the just cause for eviction ordinance.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency

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