Watch Live: Replay of Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s Celebration of Life

Oakland Moves to Ban Criminal Background Checks on Tenants

Rows of new homes line a street in a housing development on Dec. 4, 2013 in Oakland. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Rows of new homes line a street in a housing development on Dec. 4, 2013 in Oakland. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Oakland has moved to pass the strictest law in California barring landlords from asking about the criminal history of possible tenants or rejecting them for having a record.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance that would cover both public and private rental housing, with some exceptions such as federally-funded Section 8 housing and homes where the owner lives.

A final council vote is set for Feb. 4.

Advocates say homelessness is a crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area and the measure will allow ex-cons to have an opportunity to put a roof over their heads.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.