OAKLAND — A pair of landlords forced to cough up more than $6,500 to move back into a house they own lost their courtroom battle against the city, ending — for now — the fight over Oakland’s controversial relocation payment ordinance.
A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit, which challenged Oakland’s right to demand that landlords pay their tenants thousands of dollars in relocation assistance for owner move-in evictions. The ruling leaves intact an ordinance advocates say helps protect displaced tenants from becoming homeless in a cut-throat rental market, but which landlords say puts an unfair burden on homeowners. The ordinance is similar to rules in other Bay Area cities, including Berkeley, San Francisco and Palo Alto.
The plaintiffs plan to appeal the ruling.