National News  San Diego adopts tenant-rights law
By: North County Times wire services
North County Times (March 16, 2004)


SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council tentatively approved an ordinance today requiring a landlord to tell anyone who has lived in the same unit for at least two years why he or she is being evicted.

The "Tenants' Right to Know" ordinance was passed on a 4-3 vote. Scott Peters, Brian Maienschein and Jim Madaffer voted no. Mayor Dick Murphy recused himself from the vote because he owns some rental properties. The ordinance states that a tenant who has resided in the same dwelling unit for at least two years may only be evicted for "good cause."

That can include violation of the terms and conditions of the lease, violating federal, state or local laws, failure by the tenant to accept the offer of a new lease, a tenant history of disturbance, destruction of property, criminal activity, the owner's desire to take the unit for personal use or a business reason such as the sale or renovation of the unit.




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