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Just Cause Eviction Ordinance

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The City of Santa Ana has adopted a Just Cause Eviction Ordinance effective November 19, 2021. The City’s Just Cause Eviction Ordinance is a local law that provides “just cause” eviction protections for most tenants that occupy a residential real property or mobilehome for 30 days.

Key Provisions

  • After 30 days, an owner shall not terminate a tenancy without just cause, which shall be stated in a written notice.
  • “Just cause” includes certain at-fault and no-fault causes summarized below.
  • Before issuing a notice to terminate for just cause, the owner shall first give notice of the violation with a time period for the tenant to fix the violation(s).
  • Under a no-fault just cause termination, the owner shall either provide 3 months of relocation assistance or waive payment of rent for the final 3 months of the tenancy.
  • The Just Cause Ordinance shall not apply to certain types of residential property, including housing produced in the last 15 years; deed-restricted affordable housing; hotel and transient occupancy; hospital and care facilities; dormitories; and other shared living quarters.
  • Property owners must provide notice to existing tenants before December 19, 2021 or at commencement or renewal of their lease of the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance protections. A written notice will be published by the City at the link below no later than November 19, 2021.

Under the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance, tenants can only be evicted for one of the “just cause” reasons listed below, which is broken into two categories and summarized below: At-Fault and No-Fault Reasons.

Ordinance

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At-fault:

When a tenant has broken the rental agreement in one or more of the following ways:

  • Failure to pay rent.
  • Material breach of rental agreement.
  • Maintaining, committing, or permitting a nuisance.
  • Committing waste.
  • Failure to sign a substantially similar lease.
  • Committing criminal activity on the property or off the property that is directed at the owner, members of the tenant’s household, or other tenants of the property.
  • Assigning of subletting the premises in violation of the lease agreement.
  • Refusing to allow owner to access premises.
  • Using premises for an unlawful purpose.
  • Failure to vacate after termination.
  • Failure to move out after providing written notice.

No-fault:

A tenant who has not broken the rental agreement can still be evicted for the following reasons:

  • Intent to occupy in which the owner or their spouse, domestic partner, children, grandchildren, parents, or grandparents want to move into the residential real property.
  • Withdrawal of the residential real property from the rental market for at least 24 months.
    Government or court order.
  • Intent to demolish or substantially remodel the residential real property.

* Under a no-fault just cause termination, the owner shall either provide 3 months of relocation assistance or waive payment of rent for the final 3 months of the tenancy.

Owner required written notice to tenants

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Property owners must provide notice to existing tenants before December 19, 2021 or at commencement or renewal of their lease.

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Meeting Recording:

https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/AKUWr1OkFxxPmnNXf2KKGlyC2lFjhGBtOF29I3LvLNm5YvD7K64UBye0f-h2a-_n.w61bMNIqW3lhy_EZ

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If tenants or rental property owners have any questions, please e-mail us at rso@santa-ana.org or call (714) 667-2209 to speak with one of our representatives.

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