UK Considers Outlawing No-Just-Cause Evictions

Does this sound familiar? “Housing campaigners have hailed a groundbreaking shift for tenants’ rights after the government announced plans to scrap ‘no-fault evictions,’” reports The Guardian. Tenants groups called it “the biggest overhaul for renters in a generation.” It should sound familiar: six months ago Beverly Hills ended no-just-cause termination for many of the same reasons: abusive business practices amid a housing crisis.

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Probationary Tenancy: A Backtrack on No-Just-Cause Eviction

Beverly Hills ended no-just-cause evictions in October, but City Council appears to be ready to backtrack on that commitment with a new proposal to make the first (lease) year of a tenancy a probationary period. This ‘trial’ period would allow the landlord to terminate for no cause the tenancy at the expiration of the lease. It would affect more than 400 households every year.

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City Allows Landlords to Terminate ‘Disruptive’ Tenants

City Council’s end to no-just-cause eviction was a clear sign that residential stability of tenants is a city priority. As part of the deal, City Council created a new reason for termination with cause: the ’disruptive’ tenant’ provision. And now a new City Council subcommittee in place to heard disruptive termination application. What does it mean for an unruly tenant?

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The Deck is Stacked Against Tenants

A frustrating aspect of pro-tenant advocacy work is that however well-intentioned the outreach, the fact is the deck is stacked against those who rent housing. The 3-day notice awaits the tenant who keeps a pet, lives with an unapproved partner or roommate, or is a a day late or a dollar short on the rent. But landlords can withhold repairs, enter the unit unlawfully, and even retaliate without being held to account. Our rent stabilization ordinance does not come to the rescue!

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2018 Dialogue #1: No-cause, Relocation Fees, Ellis & Habitability

Dialogue #1 in this second round kicked off with a series of four issue presentations from city consultant, HR&A Advisors. Each was followed by followed by an open mic for public comments. Unlike last summer’s roundtable discussions, this series of dialogues is highly structured: an issue walk-through and then policy options to which the public is invited to respond. Not much of a dialogue!

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2017 Dialogue #3: Tenants United on RSO

This third facilitated dialogue was yet another break from expectations: we broke into two groups, tenants and landlords, with each in a separate room to talk about the key issues. Regardless of what transpired in the landlord’s room, we tenants found a renewed purpose in working together. And we presented a unified front when it came to defending the current ordinance.

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