OAKLAND — Owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes will no longer be exempt from Oakland’s rent control and tenant protection laws.
City Council members voted early Wednesday morning to end the exemption, which tenants rights’ activists called a “loophole” often abused to drive up longtime tenants’ rents or force them out. Council members Rebecca Kaplan, Sheng Thao, Dan Kalb, Noel Gallo and Nikki Fortunato Bas voted in favor of the ordinance after midnight, in the seventh hour of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The ordinance is scheduled for a second and final vote June 4.
Council members Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Larry Reid had left the meeting before the item was considered, and council member Loren Taylor, a duplex owner, recused himself from the vote.