16 Nov Chula Vista City Council Passes Residential Tenant Protection Ordinance
Currently 42% of Chula Vista housing is rental housing. 44% of renters in Chula Vista pay over 50% of their income on rent. 47% of Chula Vista’s households are considered to be lower income. Many of the Chula Vista renters applied for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to get help paying rent. Along with this, Chula Vista’s rents have increased by 16% since last year alone. Because of these factors, it is important to avoid any unnecessary housing displacement when possible to prevent people of being in danger of falling into homelessness.
The only way for eviction is through a just cause. This includes “at fault just cause” which include missing a payment on rent, breaching a material term of the lease, and/or having criminal activity happen in the rental unit. Another just cause is called a “no-fault just cause”. This includes the intent to be occupied by the owner or a family member, the compliance of a government/court order, withdrawal from the rental market, and/or a substantial remodel/complete demolition of the property.
The owner must provide a written notice to the city of the no fault just clause no later than 3 days after the owner provides notice to the tenant. Any failure to comply with these terms will make the notice of termination void.
This shall remain in effect until January 1, 2030 and start March 1, 2023.