SOLEDAD, Calif. (KION) The Soledad City Council has approved an emergency ordinance establishing rental protections.
Interim Urgency Ordinance 727 protects tenants from being evicted without just cause and prevents property owners from increasing the rent more than 5% plus the percentage change in the cost of living. The ordinance is effective immediately.
The Tenant Protection Act, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in October 2019, also provides eviction protections and rent increase limits. The act goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, but the ordinance will establish the rental protections until the Tenant Protection Act goes into effect.
The city council said this comes after council members heard from residents of Monterey County and other areas that landlords have been significantly increasing rent to evict tenants before the act goes into effect. The goal of the ordinance is to regulate relations between landlords and tenants.