Hayward's Residential Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance caps annual rent increases and spells out 16 legal reasons to evict a tenant. The Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance requires relocation assistance for tenants displaced through no fault of their own. Think owner move-in, demolition, or temporary eviction to effectuate substantial repairs.
With certain exceptions, buildings with two or more units with certificates of occupancy issued before July 1, 1979, are subject to rent-ceiling protections.
If an outgoing tenant has to move out permanently due to a no-fault reason, the tenant is entitled to either payment of one month's rent or a waiver of the last month's rent. This amount is much less expensive for landlords than some other cities in the Bay Area that require considerably more compensation to tenants who are uprooted through a no-fault eviction.
Refreshingly, the ordinance takes into account a landlord's costs and expectations of getting a fair return on investment. That is, landlords with appropriate documentation may be able to pass through utility costs. Landlords may also petition the Rent Review Office to impose a pass-through for capital improvements that were completed within two years of filing the petition. With limitations, owners may also delay, or "bank" rent increases that they're allowed to impose each year and apply them in the future.