Rob Bonta Encourages Local Govs to Crack Down on Illegal Rent Increases and No-Cause Evictions

As of April 1, city attorneys and county counsel across the state have new powers to prevent no-cause evictions and illegal rent increases. California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued an information bulletin last week reminding them of their new enforcement authority under the recently amended Tenant Protection Act (TPA).

The bill was authored by Bonta himself when he was in the California Legislature. After 12 months, evictions require just cause under TPA, including non-payment of rent, criminal activity at the residence, or owner move-in. Landlords cannot raise rent more than 10%, or 5% plus the percentage change in the cost of living (whichever is lower), during a 12-month period.

If they become aware of violations, city attorneys and county counsel are encouraged to investigate and pursue an injunction on behalf of the city or county if warranted.

“The Tenant Protection Act is a powerful tool that my office has used to protect renters from unscrupulous landlords. Thanks to SB 567, all city attorneys and county counsel now also have the express authority to enforce the Tenant Protection Act, and I encourage them to do so,” said Bonta. “My office stands ready to offer assistance to any city attorney or county counsel that may need it — we all have a role to play in keeping Californians secure in their homes.”