SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — There was a major victory for San Jose renters Tuesday.

The San Jose City Council agreed to immediately enact tenant protections that have been the subject of recent rallies.

The new rules restrict a landlord’s ability to evict people without cause.

Among the “acceptable reasons” are nonpayment of rent, property damage, or criminal activity.

The new rules will protect nearly half a million residents.

The urgency ordinance was approved, allowing protections to take effect immediately.

The vote was 8-3, including Mayor Sam Liccardo.

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