Chula Vista Council Expected to Vote on Overreaching Ordinance on Tuesday, May 3

Legislative Updates ,

The Mayor of Chula Vista and City Councilmembers continue to push forward with an ordinance that will subject rental properties to unnecessary and overreaching rules. And unlike the City of San Diego's recent action, the proposed regulations in Chula Vista would be PERMANENT. Click here if you missed previous updates on this issue.

The ordinance is expected to be on the Tuesday, May 3 City Council agenda. SCRHA will send out an Action Alert with more details on attending the hearing and registering formal opposition as soon as the agenda is available. Please share this message with friends, family members, colleagues and more so they too can receive our Action Alerts!

Chula Vista housing providers, residents and homeowners may still register their opposition in the interim. Tell the Mayor and Councilmembers that there is no need for the proposed ordinance, and it will harm rental housing. Below is the contact information for the Mayor and Council, as well as more information on the ordinance.

  • Mayor Mary Casillas Salas - 619-691-5044 /  msalas@chulavistaca.gov
  • Councilmember John McCann - 619-691-5044 / jmccann@chulavistaca.gov 
  • Councilmember Jill Galvez - 619-691-5177 / jmgalvez@chulavistaca.gov 
  • Councilmember Stephen Padilla - 619-691-5044 / spadilla@chulavistaca.gov 
  • Councilmember Andrea Cardenas - 619-691-5044 / acardenas@chulavistaca.gov  

Summary of Ordinance

Just Cause/No-Fault Evictions (Substantial Remodel/Complete Demolition)

  • Consistent with Civil Code Section 1946.2 for rentals with 1 or 2 units;
  • For complexes with 3 units or more:
    • Increased noticing requirements of 120 days or 365 days for elderly/disabled;
    • Relocation assistance equivalent to 2 months of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Small Area Fair Market Rent (“HUD SAFMR”) for the zip code of the unit;
    • First right of refusal for new residential units;
    • Additional tenant protections that are not prohibited by any other provision of law.

Ellis Act/Removal from Rental Market Evictions

  • Consistent with state law for rentals with 1 or 2 units;
  • For complexes with 3 units or more:
    • Noticing consistent with state law of 120 days or 365 days for elderly/disabled;
    • Relocation assistance equivalent to 2 months of the HUD SAFMR at time of noticing.

Anti-Harassment/Retaliation

  • Refines harassment and retaliation behaviors and the term “quiet use and enjoyment”

Remedies and City Enforcement

  • Specifies civil damages and City authority
  • Allows for criminal fines and possible jail time