Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Tim Stroshane, Housing Department, (510) 981-5422

PUBLIC INVITED TO COMMENT ON CONDOMINIUM CONVERSION FEES
Seven meetings throughout the summer

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, June 04, 2008) - The City is changing the way it charges some of its fees on condominium conversions, and is seeking input from the public. Between early June and late September, there will be seven public meetings at which to discuss fee alternatives.

City staff members will use that public input to formulate a set of recommendations that will go to the City Council in late September 2008.

Mitigation fees are the fees the City requires apartment owners to pay when they convert their building into condominiums. Revenue from mitigation fees accrue to the Berkeley Housing Trust Fund which provides loans to non-profit housing developers to create permanently affordable housing in Berkeley. Currently, the City of Berkeley requires mitigation fees due on sale in its condominium conversion program as:

  • Either 1-for-1 replacement of converted rental units (a substantial fee); OR
  • In return for agreeing to maintain rent and eviction protections for tenants while they own the property, payment of 12.5 percent of sale price.

Payment of the fee up front is also possible.

More information about the existing fee now in effect is available here.

Mitigation fee alternatives under consideration include:

  • A reduced version of our existing “1-for-1 replacement” fee (BMC Section 21.28.070.A) for each unit;
  • A reduced percentage of sale price of each unit; and
  • A fee rate based on square footage of living space in each unit on your property.

The City will also consider alternatives for encouraging up-front payment of mitigation fees by conversion applicants (rather than paying fees at time of sale).

  • Thursday, June 05, 2008, 7:00 p.m.: Housing Advisory Commission Meeting
    South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street, at Ashby Avenue
  • Monday, June 16, 2008, 7:00 p.m.: Rent Board Meeting
    City Council Chambers, Maudelle Shirek Building, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
  • Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.: Public Workshop Meeting
    Sequoia Conference Room, 6th Floor, 2180 Milvia Street
  • TBD: mid to late June 2008 HAC Condo Conversion Subcommittee
  • Thursday, September 4, 2008, 7:00 p.m.: Housing Advisory Commission Meeting #2
    South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street, at Ashby Avenue
  • Monday, September 15, 2008, 7:00 p.m.: Rent Board Meeting #2
    City Council Chambers, Maudelle Shirek Building, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 7:00 p.m.: City Council Public Hearing
    City Council Chambers, Maudelle Shirek Building, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Interested parties may attend one of these meetings or contact Tim Stroshane, Senior Planner, at tstroshane@ci.berkeley.ca.us or (510) 981-5422.

The Planning Department  will also regularly hosts workshops to show property owners how to apply for condominium conversions under the existing Ordinance.
 
You may view the Condominium Conversion Ordinance currently in effect. The relevant sections are Berkeley Municipal Code Sections 21.28.070 and 21.28.080.
 
To review recent staff reports on the Condominium Conversion Ordinance, see the following Council meeting agenda dates:

November 6, 2007 (Workshop)

December 11, 2007 (Workshop)

February 12, 2008 (scroll to Item 22)

February 26, 2008 (scroll to Item 26)and

March 25, 2008 (scroll to Item 28)

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