San Anselmo Residential Rental Policies

The San Anselmo Town Council wants to hear from its residents regarding opinions related to providing rent stabilization and eviction protections in San Anselmo.

Two upcoming public forums will provide a venue to learn about existing state laws governing rent and evictions and what other local communities are doing to enhance the state rules.

The goal of these forums is to hear opinions from all San Anselmo residents about what should or should not be considered in San Anselmo.

All meetings will be held in the San Anselmo Town Council Chambers, located at 525 San Anselmo Avenue, and are open to the public.

Participation will be available both in-person and on the ZOOM platform. We hope that you’ll consider attending a meeting and providing input. 

All input will be provided to the Town Council as part of the staff report at the October 24th Town Council meeting.

Para la información proporcionada en español, haga clic en el botón del traductor de Google en la parte inferior de la página.

Traducción al español disponible en persona y en zoom para los dos foros comunitarios.

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Community Engagement, Forums, & Meetings


Link to Agenda/
August 19
Postcards mailed to all residents
USPS Postcard
Thurs, Sept 14, 6:00 pm
Community Discussion #1:
Tenant Concerns & Questions

Town Council Chambers
525 San Anselmo Ave
Thurs, Oct 5, 6:00 pm
Community Discussion #2:
Landlord Concerns & Questions
Town Council Chambers
525 San Anselmo Ave

Staff Presentation
Tue. Oct 24,
Town Council Meeting
Town Council Chambers
525 San Anselmo Ave

Learn about State & Marin County Laws regarding Rent Stabilization and Eviction Protections:

Existing State of California laws governing rent stabilitzation and eviction protections information can be found here:

Additional information regarding Marin County Renter and Landlord Resources can be found here:

Join the Conversation!

 Get Involved & stay updated:

  • Attend: Forums, information tables & meetings planned for Summer & Fall 2023. 
  • Questions?  Please send an email to:
  • Share: spread the word - encourage your San Anselmo friends and neighbors to get involved too. 
  • Para la información proporcionada
    en español, haga clic en el botón del traductor de Google en la parte inferior de la página

Please visit: Glossary of Residential Rent Stabilization & Eviction Protection Terms for more information on the various components of tenant protections.

State of California Laws Governing Rent Stabilization & Eviction Protections:

Rent Cap

Statewide rent control is 10% total or 5% + % change in cost of living – whichever is lower, retroactive to rent amount on March 15, 2019. (Tenant Protection Act, AB 1482, Sunsets January 1, 2030.) Local rent caps prohibited on units constructed after 1995. Local rent caps allowed on pre-1995 units if more protective of tenants. Does not apply to buildings constructed within the past 15 years on a rolling basis. (i.e., units built in 2006 covered in 2021.) Owners may reset rent to market rate upon a vacancy. Rent may not be increased more than twice over a 12-month period within the total rent cap amount. Subtenant rent may not exceed cap.

Exemptions include: dormitories; single-family homes (unless owned by a real estate investment trust) corporation, or LCC where one of the members is a corporation; owner must inform renter in writing that tenancy not subject to rent cap and eviction/lease non-renewal protections); duplexes where one unit owner occupied.
Appeals Process
Does not address

Short term Relocation Assistance
Does not address

Long term Relocation Assistance
For no fault termination, landlord must provide either: 1-month’s rent; or waive final month’s rent as relocation benefit if tenant occupied unit for at least one year, or one common tenant occupied for 2 years.
Applicability - Type of Unit (duplex, ADU, etc)
The just cause provisions of the state bill only apply after a tenant has occupied the unit for 12 months. After meeting this requirement of the bill, all rental units are covered, which exceptions for the following:
•    Condos or single-family homes, unless owned by a real estate investment trust (REIT), a corporation, or a limited liability company where at least one member is a corporation, and so long as the tenants have been given proper notice of the exemption.
•    Duplexes where the owner’s principal residence is one of the units;
•    Buildings constructed in the last 15 years, a rolling date. Which means that units built in 2006 will be covered in 2021,   and units built in 2007 will be covered in 2022.
•    Dormitories owned by an educational institution;
•    Affordable housing restricted by a deed covenant, regulatory agreement or other recorded document;
•    Units covered by a local Just Cause ordinance, if the ordinance was adopted before September 1, 2019, or a local ordinance that is more protective was passed after September 1, 2019
•    Transient and tourist hotel occupancies;
•    And housing in a nonprofit hospital, religious facility, extended care facility, license care facility for the elderly or an adult residential facility
Does not address
Sub-leasing & Master Tenants
A tenant of residential real property subject to this section shall not enter into a sublease that results in a total rent for the premises that exceeds the allowable rental rate authorized by subdivision. Nothing in this subdivision authorizes a tenant to sublet or assign the tenant’s interest where otherwise prohibited.
Anti-Retaliation Provisions
Does not address
Re-Rental & Right to Return
Landlord’s right to Withdraw units from rental market:  The Ellis Act grants landlords the legal right to evict all tenants and remove rental properties from the market.
Landlord must remove all units in the building from the market (may not single out a tenant).
5 years after withdrawal Landlord may not re-rent unit unless first offered to displaced tenant at former rate.
10 years after withdrawal Landlord may not re-rent unit unless first offered to displaced tenant.
120 day eviction notice period; longer for seniors and disabled persons. Landlord must follow required procedures to evict.
No restrictions if landlord converts property to ownership units.

Other Cities/Towns in California:

To learn more about tenant protection ordinances in other California communities, please click on the links below:

Fairfax, CA 
Larkspur, CA
Petaluma, CA
Oxnard, CA
Ojai, CA

Items to Note:

  • Tenant Protection Act sunsets January 1, 2030
  • City of Larkspur protections sunset December 31, 2023
  • The Town of Fairfax ordinances are in effect, their provisions will not be implemented until sufficient agreements for support have been approved by the Town Council. The Fairfax Town Council voted unanimously on August 2, 2023 to certify a citizens' ballot initiative that seeks to repeal the town's rent control and just-cause-for-eviction ordinances. The measure will be placed on the November 5, 2024 ballot. 
  • The City of Larkspur Town Clerk’s office received a referendum petition against the rent stabilization ordinance on September 28, 2023, which has been sent to the Registrar of Voters to verify signatures to be placed on a future ballot.