Big news for both renters and landlords in Oakland—the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance banning landlords from inquiring about potential tenant's criminal history or rejecting them based on having a criminal record. Berkeley is planning to vote on a similar measure in February.
Long but necessary list of exemptions include: single family homes, duplexes, triplexes, in-laws with the owner living on the property, tenants looking for a roommate, and government-subsidized affordable housing.
Supporters say this will help to ensure those with criminal records have an equal chance to secure housing and successfully reintegrate themselves back into the community. Landlords have 6 months to adapt to the law, or they'll be fined up to $1000 for each violation.
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