Voice Your Opposition to San Diego No Fault Ban

Legislative Updates,

Ask San Diego City Council to Reject Strict Limitations on No Fault Termination

This coming Monday, April 4, at 2 p.m., the San Diego City Council will vote on the Residential “No-Fault” Eviction Moratorium that will make it more difficult to terminate tenancy for needs like moving into units, selling the property, and substantial rehabilitation. To make matters worse, the ordinance has been fast-tracked and there is no end date.   

We need housing providers to call into Monday's hearing and ask the City Council to OPPOSE the ordinance. Read on for more information!

Webinar/Phone-in Testimony: Members of the public can access the meeting online using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or Smartphone, or by calling into the meeting using a Smartphone, cellular phone, or land line:

Click here to submit comment via webform: Meeting date = April 4, 2022. Comment type = City Council Comment. Agenda item # = 200. Ask the council to oppose the ordinance and share how this will impact you!

To send an email to the Council and Mayor, click on Take Action below. 

Overview of proposed restrictions:

  • Despite being called temporary, the ordinance has no true end date. It will be in effect for 60 days after the end of the local emergency declared by the Mayor.
  • 60-day notice to terminate tenancy for a substantial remodel will be prohibited unless required by a government or court order, or for an immediate threat to health.
  • Moving into a rental unit will require at least 90 days advanced notice and will be limited to owners or their parent, child, grandparent or grandchild.
  • Property owners may only terminate tenancy to withdraw all units on a parcel from the rental market. This will require at least 6-months notice. 

These proposed restrictions have not been well-vetted and ignore the needs of constituents:

  • This has been docketed as an emergency ordinance and brought forward while council is on recess. Councilmembers have had little to no time to review the proposal in advance of Monday's vote, nor have rental housing stakeholders.
  • Legal termination of tenancy is NOT an eviction. "Eviction" is now used to describe everything from termination of tenancy to residents voluntarily moving. Our elected leaders should not be sensationalizing legal terms.
  • Temporary regulations should have an end date! Rental housing has been highly regulated throughout the pandemic. Despite many housing providers going months or years without income, the city wants to add more regulation with no end in sight. Housing providers need certainty as has been granted to other sectors of the community.
  • Rehabilitation of property is vital to maintaining quality housing stock in San Diego. A significant portion of the City's housing is older than 30 years. Additionally, the pandemic made it difficult to address maintenance issues. Many owners were denied access to their rentals during the height of COVID-19 and now need to remove residents to address deferred maintenance. Investing in the improvement of rental property should be encouraged.
  • Many property owners and their families have been impacted by the pandemic and find they may need to occupy one of their rental units as quickly as possible.
  • Requiring 6-months notice to sell a rental property is impractical. Property owners facing financial hardship may not be able to wait 6 months to sell their property.