Renter Protection Policy Development

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Picture of proposed schedule To support, protect and help stabilize tenants in Palo Alto, staff have been researching policies and program to propose to the City Council. In 2017, a Colleagues’ Memorandum highlighted the importance of protecting renters and continuing to create renter protection policies that help keep people housed. The subsequent eviction of many tenants when a downtown building converted to a hotel further heightened the need for renter protections and led to Council action. Subsequent discussions and Colleagues' Memorandum followed in 2018, emphasizing City Council’s desire to work on the issues of housing affordability through renter protections. 
 

To support the pursuit of renter protection policies and respond to the memoranda, the City applied for and was awarded a “Challenge Grant” from the Partnership for the Bay’s Future. Through the Challenge Grant, the City was able to create a profile of Palo Alto renters and research renter protection policies that would benefit Palo Altans.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

City Council Agendas and Minutes

Date Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
November 29, 2021
Continuation of Policy Recommendation Discussion
 Agenda Packet  Minutes Video 
November 15, 2021
Continuation of Policy Recommendation Discussion

Agenda Packet Minutes  Video

November 8, 2021
Action Item: Review and Recommend Renter Protection Policies for Development and Implementation 

Revised Agenda Packet Minutes Video

Planning and Transportation Commission Agendas and Minutes

Date Agenda and Packet Minutes Video

April 28, 2021
Continuation of Policy Recommendation Discussion

Agenda and Packet(PDF, 174KB) Minutes(PDF, 955KB) Video
April 14, 2021
Action Item: Renter Protection Policy Recommendations

Agenda and Packet(PDF, 116KB) Minutes(PDF, 859KB) Video
September 30, 2020
Study Session on Palo Alto Renter Demographics
Agenda and Packet Minutes Video

 

Human Relations Commission Agendas and Minutes
Date Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
September 23, 2021
Continuation of Policy Recommendation Discussion
Agenda and Packet  Minutes Video
August 12, 2021
Action Item: Renter Protection Policy Recommendations
Agenda and Packet Minutes Video
February 11, 2021
Presentation on Palo Alto Renter Demographics
Agenda and Packet Minutes Video

FAQs

Who are Palo Alto Renters?

  • 46% of Palo Alto's housing stock is occupied by renters. That's a big percentage of Palo Alto!

What are Renter Protections?

  • "Renter protections" refers to renters being protected from losing their homes due to eviction. To read more about them, check out this interesting guide that the state of California produced entitled Tenant Protection Guidelines.

What resources currently exist for renters?

Why is protecting renters important?

  • Renters occupy half of the housing in Palo Alto! Also, evictions are one of the leading causes of poverty and homelessness. If we create rules for when a household can be evicted, we help vulnerable people.

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