Eviction & Harassment Protections Ordinance

Effective May 10, 2017

On April 11, 2017, the City of Union City approved an Ordinance that added Chapter 5.50 “Residential Landlord and Tenant Relations” to the City’s municipal code. The Ordinance regulates most residential rental units in the City and requires landlords to provide a specific reason for terminating a lease and prohibits landlords from engaging in specific harassment activity. 

Landlords are also required to provide tenants with a
Notice of Tenant Rights in all of the following situations:

  • within 60 days of the ordinance going into effect (effective date - May 10, 2017)
  • when entering into a new lease or rental agreement
  • when renewing a lease or rental agreement
  • 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 Tenants 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)