Rent Mediation / Eviction and Harassment Protections

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Eviction & Harassment Protections - Effective 05/10/17

On April 11, 2017, the City of Union City approved an Ordinance that adds Chapter 5.50 “Residential Landlord and Tenant Relations” to the City’s municipal code. The Residential Landlord and Tenant Relations Ordinance went into effect on May 10, 2017. 

The Ordinance regulates most residential rental units in the City and requires landlords to provide a specific reason for terminating a lease, prohibits landlords from engaging in specific harassment activity, and requires that landlords provide tenants with a notice of tenant rights in all of the following situations:

  • within sixty days of the Ordinance effective date (May 10, 2017);
  • when entering into a new lease or rental agreement;
  • when renewing a lease or rental agreement; and
  • when issuing a notice of termination;

A Landlord must demonstrate all of the following in order to terminate a tenancy:

  1. That the landlord possesses a valid Union City business license and has a properly registered rental unit; and
  2. That the landlord has provided the tenant with a notice of tenant rights (see above); and
  3. That the landlord served a notice of termination that contains the reason for termination of tenancy in accordance with Union City Municipal Code section 5.50.060; and
  4. That the landlord has not accepted and will not accept rent or any other consideration in return for the continued use of the rental unit beyond the term of the terminated tenancy in compliance with California Civil Code Sections 1945, 1946 and 1946.1; and
  5. The existence of a qualifying ground for termination as permitted by Union City Municipal Code section 5.50.040(E)

Residential Landlord and Tenant Relations Ordinance (839-17)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Notice of Tenants Rights Form

Proof of Service Form

Informational Handout

May 24, 2017 Informational Meeting Presentation 


Rent Review (Mediation) - Effective 10/02/17

On June 27, 2017, the City Council of Union City approved an ordinance that adds Chapter 5.55 “Rent Review” to the City’s municipal code. The Rent Review Ordinance goes into effect on October 2, 2017

The ordinance will regulate most residential rental units in Union City and provide a mediation process for qualifying rent increases. For further information, please sign up to receive notifications below.

Rent Review Ordinance (841-17)


Other Resources

Alameda County Bar Association - Volunteer Legal Services

Bay Area Legal Aid

California Tenant/Landlord Rights & Responsibilities Guide

East Bay Community Law Center

Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) Housing

Business License Info

Business License for Residential Rental Properties


City Council Meeting Information

5/17/16 Staff Report

7/12/16 Staff Report
8/9/16 Staff Report
9/13/16 Staff Report
1/31/17 Staff Report

2/14/17 Staff Report
3/28/17 Staff Report
4/11/17 Staff Report
6/13/17 Staff Report
6/27/17 Staff Report


Rent & Tenant Taskforce 

Rent and Tenant Taskforce


Contact Info

Alin Lancaster
Housing & Community Development Coordinator
Phone: (510) 675-5322



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