Good Samaritan Temporary Occupancy Legislation

Effective May 27, 2011, the Rent Ordinance has been amended to provide for temporary Good Samaritan occupancy status with a reduced rental rate when a tenant unexpectedly vacates a residential unit due to an emergency such as fire, earthquake, or landslide. The amendments permit a Good Samaritan landlord to enter into a written agreement with that displaced tenant for a replacement unit with temporary reduced rent for a specified period of time up to 12 months, which could later be extended up to a total of 24 months. To qualify for Good Samaritan occupancy status and reduced rent, a specified City official must certify that a tenant had to move because of public health, safety and habitability reasons.

990 - Good Samaritan - Tenancy Info. pdf