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Oakland’s Measure V: An update to the Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance

This is a 2-minute summary of Oakland’s Measure V on the November 8, 2022 ballot.

Today we’re talking about Oakland’s Measure V, which would revise the legal framework under which landlords may evict residential tenants.

Two decades ago, Oakland voters approved a tenant protection law, called the Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance. Measure V would amend that law. Its sponsors say the goal is to keep more Oaklanders in stable housing.

If a majority of voters approve Measure V, here are the changes it will make to the Just Cause law:

  • Say a landlord wants to move into an occupied rental unit they own. That’s already allowed — it’s called a no-fault eviction — but under Measure V, the landlord couldn’t do that during the school year if tenants include school-aged children or educators.
  • Measure V would also extend the law’s eviction protections to tenants in RVs or tiny homes located on private property.
  • And, it would prohibit landlords from evicting tenants only because they refuse to sign a new lease.

There’s one more important thing: Right now, the Just Cause law applies only to tenants in buildings built before 1996. Measure V would change that. Rental units in all buildings built more than ten years ago would be covered.

The Oakland Tenants Union and housing advocates back Measure V. They say the additional protections will help address the housing crisis.

Opponents include the East Bay Rental Housing Association. It says the amendment would add unneeded regulations and complicate the no-fault eviction process.

So, voting “yes” on Measure V means voting to bolster tenant protections under Oakland’s Just Cause Ordinance.

A “no” vote is a vote for no changes to Oakland’s existing eviction protections.

That's a brief take on Oakland’s Measure V.

Originally from Chicago, I’ve lived in San Francisco for the past 20 years and am a veteran reporter and communicator. I was most recently editorial director for Activate, a nonprofit that empowers science entrepreneurs to bring their research to market. Prior to that I spent a dozen years as an independent reporter whose beats included climate, energy, microplastics, technology, and recreation. I’ve written for Outside, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, and many other publications, and in 2014 co-founded a reader-supported experiment in journalism, called Climate Confidential. I had a brief stint in radio during college and can’t wait to learn the craft of audio storytelling.