City of San Mateo Signals Support for Displaced Tenant Assistance Ordinance
The City Council of San Mateo is considering the adoption of a displaced tenant assistance ordinance to provide for tenants who are forced to move out as a result of unsafe or substandard conditions. If adopted, this ordinance will require landlords to pay three months’ market rate rent in the event of a permanent relocation caused by habitability issues. For temporary relocation involving tenant move-out while repairs are being performed, landlords will be required to provide housing within the City limits or adjacent communities, plus pay them a per diem allowance for food and transportation. These requirements build upon similar ones adopted by the County Board of Supervisors last year. The City Council will have a study session on April 1st. Relocation assistance ordinances are a good policy to ensure safe and stable housing for all community residents. One San Mateo, a community coalition that advances equitable housing policies has been working hard to support healthy housing.