Pasadena Tenant Justice Coalition

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Signature Gathering is complete!
20,494 total signatures gathered (2)

The campaign submitted all signatures to the Pasadena City Clerk on Monday, March 26.
*Our valid signature number is based on our own internal validation. We await final validation by no later than May 10, 2022.
Thank you all for your hard work! 

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We have turned in all the signatures we gathered over the past 6 months and we are confident that we are going to qualify for the November ballot! The campaign is overjoyed that we have made it to this milestone!

However, we have many more miles to go! The apartment owner's association is going to do what they always do: try to scare tenants into voting against their interests.

That's why we need your ongoing support, now more than ever! Please make a donation today and help us keep this amazing moving going!

We will be collecting signatures through March 2022, through a combination of volunteer and paid efforts.

To volunteer to collect signatures, you can fill out the volunteer intake form and one of our organizers will call you to onboard you with the campaign.

Sign the Petition

Our petition is a legal ballot measure petition, which means we need a physical signature that will be matched to the voter rolls and verified by the county clerk's office. You cannot sign the petition online.

To sign, find one of our signature gatherers stationed outside grocery stores and other shops throughout the city, or meet us at one of the mobilizations listed above. We have volunteers at a table in the park each Saturday from 10AM-1PM. For January, our meeting spot is in Jefferson Park. For February, our meeting spot is in Washington Park.

To sign the petition you must be registered to vote at an address in Pasadena City. Altadena, South Pasadena, and unincorporated areas of East Pasadena do not count.

Who We Are

The Pasadena Tenant Justice Coalition is a coalition of the Pasadena Tenants Union and several partner organizations in the Pasadena community. Our goal is to pass an amendment to the Pasadena City Charter which would create rent control and just-cause eviction protections in our city. These important tenant protections will help prevent the massive displacement of tenants that is currently taking place. They will help keep families in stable homes, prevent homelessness, and keep communities together. We are currently in the process of gathering signatures to qualify the charter amendment for a vote in the November 2022 election.
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Volunteers meet to canvass at Robinson Park

Tenant Issues
If you are experiencing problems such as rent increases, eviction, landlord harassment, and habitability issues, check the resources at the Pasadena Tenants Union website. For personal help, call our tenant solidarity hotline at (626) 214-8989 or email
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Rent Control and Eviction Protections

  • Rent control prevents massive year after year increases in rent for tenants who are already living in a home, while guaranteeing a fair return to landlords as required by state law. Under our charter amendment, a landlord would only be allowed to increase rent once a year, by a percentage that represents 75% of inflation for the last year.
  • Just-cause eviction protections require landlords to have a good reason for filing an eviction such as non-payment of rent or breach of lease. Landlords could not evict tenants just because they don't like them, or because they want to flip the unit and rent it out to higher-income tenants at a higher rent.

We have to pass rent control and eviction protections at the same time because it is impossible to have effective eviction protections without rent control. Without rent control, a landlord wanting to evict a tenant for an unfair reason could simply raise the rent to a level they know the tenant cannot afford to pay. Then, they can evict the tenant for non-payment of rent.

Charter amendment details