City of Glendale Tenant Protections

The information below is provided by Tenants Together, based partially on research conducted by the Urban Displacement Project, and was last updated in October 2018. For complete information on the City's tenant protections, please visit their website here.

Disclaimer: This website is for general information and none of the information provided constitutes legal advice. In addition, please note that ordinances are periodically updated, modified, or interpreted by regulations. We recommend contacting the City for the official version of its law in the event that you intend to rely on this information.

Rent control is effective at keeping people in their homes. Rent control policies limit rent increases and provide greater housing stability for tenants. Rent control ordinances in California allow landlords to set the initial rent in any amount, but limit rent increases after a tenancy begins.

Rent control is often combined with eviction protections, known as "just cause for eviction," to make sure that landlords do not get around the rent increase limits by simply evicting tenants arbitrarily and bringing in new tenants. Just Cause protections provide basic fairness and prevent retaliation, discrimination, and harassment proactively.


Rating 3
What protections does the City have? Only Just Cause Protections
Year Just Cause Originally Adopted 1995
Year Most Recent Just Cause Amendment 2004

Just Cause Protections Summary

What causes for eviction are considered just cause - tenant at-fault?
  • Nonpayment of rent
  • Tenant breaches a term of the lease and failure to cure after receiving written notice of the defect
  • Nuisance
  • Illegal activity
  • Illegal subletting (this is normally not allowed as a just cause for eviction in state courts)
  • Tenant refuses to give access to landlord after receiving written notice
  • Tenant continuously smokes in a unit where smoking is not allowed
What causes for eviction are considered just cause - no-fault?
  • Landlord seeks to demolish building
  • Capital improvements
  • Owner Move-in
  • Removal of unit from rental market
  • Compliance with government order
Key Exemption Summary Only units that are on month-to-month leases are eligible for protections
Minimum tenancy for coverage? There is no minimum tenancy length for coverage.
Do Just Cause protections apply to new construction? Yes
What triggers the obligation to pay relocation assistance?
  • Demolition
  • Renovation (see stipulations)
  • Owner-move in, or move-in by a resident manager, or move-in by tenant(s) that require an occupancy agreement and intake, case management or counseling as part of the tenancy
  • Withdrawal of rental unit from market
  • Compliance with government agency order to vacate (except in the case hazardous conditions due to natural disaster of "act of God")
Number of Units Covered by Just Cause Protections TBD