What is the Tenant Notification Ordinance?

Properties containing 5 or more rental housing units at the time of sale must provide notice to all tenants and the City that a transfer of ownership has occurred. Once notice is provided, a three-month “tenant notification period” begins. During the 90-day period, the new owner may be required to pay relocation benefits to a tenant if the owner issues a non-renewal without cause or non-renewal due to rescreening. The new owner could also be subject to paying relocation assistance if they increase the rent, re-screen existing residents, or implement a material change to the lease resulting in a tenant giving notice to terminate their lease.

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1. What is the Tenant Notification Ordinance?
2. What would it mean for renters?
3. Why would this ordinance be adopted?
4. When would the ordinance apply?
5. Who needs to be notified?
6. Are there income restrictions that apply?
7. Does a tenant have to move out during the 3 month notification period to qualify for relocation assistance?
8. Would the ordinance apply if a building changes property management?
9. When does the new owner have to provide relocation benefits?
10. Do property sales include transfers of ownership to family members, or as the result of inheritance?
11. Does the ordinance apply to bank-owned or foreclosed properties?
12. What is my responsibility as a SELLER of a rental property with 5 or more units?
13. What are my responsibilities as a BUYER of a rental property with 5 or more units?
14. Can I raise rents, facilitate non-renewals without cause, make material changes to the lease, or re-screen existing residents during the tenant notification period following the ownership transfer?
15. Are there any restrictions after the 90-day tenant notification period expires?
16. If a lease expires during the three-month notification period, can I raise the rent?