Just Cause Protections Sweep into the South Bay

In a life-changing and historic vote by San Jose City Council, renters in San Jose can no longer be evicted without good reason.  Thanks to years of hard work by tenants and nonprofit groups, like the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, landlords will soon need to provide "just cause" for evicting tenants. Until now, San Jose was the only major Bay Area city without a similar policy. The Mercury News reported earlier this month that since 2010, more than 2,400 no cause evictions were reported.

The explosive growth of Silicon Valley continues to leave some members of our community behind, including long-time residents who are being displaced due to the rising cost of living. San Jose City Council’s vote to enact just cause evictions will help to ensure that all members of our community have the opportunity to be part of the Silicon Valley success story. 

Want to learn more about what just cause protections mean for renters? Listen to Law Foundation supervising attorney, Melissa Morris, on KQED's Forum program or read her letter to the editor in The Mercury News.

Thank you to Mayor Liccardo, and Councilmembers Jones, Jimenez, Peralez, Diep, Carraso, Nguyen, Arenas, and Rocha for their courage and leadership in making sure the urgency ordinance passed.