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The 5Ws: Just Cause in Petaluma, and how you can join the fight for renter protections

Updated: Apr 13, 2023


Renters in the City of Petaluma are at risk of being evicted without just cause!


Under Petaluma's current Just Cause ordinance:

  • if a tenant is evicted due to no fault of their own, they must receive financial assistance with relocation, and

  • if a landlord attempts to evict a tenant without a just cause, the tenant has a right to fight it in court.

Where and when do we need people to show up to win these protections permanently?

  • Petaluma City Hall (11 English Street)

  • Monday, April 17th at 5:30 pm

Why is Just Cause important?

It helps…

  • provide housing stability to renters.

  • prevent homelessness.

  • protect children from trauma and promote their mental and physical health as well as their educational success.

  • protect women, children, and other potential victims from domestic abuse.

  • achieve more racial equity.

  • prevent displacement, which helps mitigate the climate impacts of long commutes.

  • stabilize neighborhoods and communities.

  • working people to stay gainfully employed in good union jobs.

  • tenants to live with less fear and chronic stress, encouraging them to speak up about the need for repairs or other necessary improvements without fear of eviction.

  • landlords to do right by their tenants and abide by a strong moral code of mutual compassion, care, and responsibility.

How can I help/get involved?

Any questions, comments, or concerns?

Contact Diana Kingsbury at

(707) 324-9791 and/or email


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