Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

Thursday, February 15, 2007
7 p.m.
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
City Council Chambers
Berkeley, CA
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AGENDA
- Corrected -


1. Roll Call - 6:30 p.m. Closed Session   7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

2. Closed Session - 6:30 p.m.

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - EXISTING LITIGATION (Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9 of the Government Code)

Zaidi v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (McGuinness) Superior Court No. 841319-8
Ong v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Darksmith) Superior Court No. 2002-072014
Valiyee v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Superior Court No. 2002-070999
Hanerfeld v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Ziaeian) Superior Court No. RG03106423
Flynn v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Superior Court No. RG03115504, Court of Appeal No. A106834
Fuery v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Wang, Stevens) Superior Court No. RG05199714 
Fuery v. City of Berkeley, City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Superior Court No. RG05243600
Nemarian v. Nicoletti Superior Court No. BG 05204709
Wahl v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Smoker) Superior Court No. RG 06279232
Patricelli v. City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Elkhoraibi) Superior Court No. RG 06294109

3. Approval of Agenda

4. Public Forum

5. Approval of January 18, 2007 regular meeting minutes .

6. Report by Housing Director Steve Barton on the current status of Section 8. [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]

7. Appeal Time Certain - 7:15 p.m.

a. Appeal T-4733/RWN-1438 - 1929 Ashby Avenue. (Continued from January 18, 2007 meeting) The tenant appeals the hearing examiner's denial of her petition seeking rent reductions for alleged habitability violations at her unit. Inasmuch as the hearing examiner's denial of the petition is consistent with the evidence in the record, legal staff recommends that the Board deny the appeal and affirm the hearing examiner's decision.

b. Appeal T-4755/C-254 - 1455 Spruce Street, #1. (Continued from January 18, 2007 meeting) This is a tenant appeal of a finding that a rent reduction agreed to by the landlord after an unexpected change in the tenant's finances did not change the initial rent established by the parties at the commencement of the tenancy. The tenant was also denied a rent reduction for the loss of use of a yard on an adjoining property. These findings comply with the law and Board regulations and, therefore, should be affirmed.

8. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to City Council concerning the Condominium Conversion Ordinance. (Eviction/Section 8 Committee)   [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]

(2) Recommendation to modify the Board's rules to allow the Chair to vote last, rather than in alphabetical order. (Commissioner Blake) (Verbal)

(3) Proposal to refer to the IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee the issue of standards for determining if space outside a property can be considered part of lease. (Commissioner Blake) (Verbal)

(4) Proposal to approve staff recommendation on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties. (Executive Director)

Ministerial Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
3409                 1151 Oxford Street 
3414                 2301 Oak Street 
3418                 1510 Spruce Street 
3419                 1834 Carleton Street 
3421                 3120 Ellis Street 
3423                 1412 Acton Street 
3424                 1602 Ashby Avenue 
3427                 2401 Hillside Avenue 
3430                 2419 Prospect Avenue 
3431                 2107 Hearst Avenue 
3433                 2401 10th Street 
3434                 1528 University Avenue 
3436                 1329 66th Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No.      Property Address
3402                 2525 Regent Street 
3408                 1910 Berkeley Way 
3410                 1919 Curtis Street 
3412                 1917 6th Street 
3420                 1701 Allston Way 
3422                 1401 Prince Street 
3428                 2339 Ellsworth Street 
3429                 1705 62nd Street 
3432                 2109 Shattuck Avenue 
3438                 1613 6th Street 
3442                 2430 Bancroft Way 
3443                 1770 La Loma Avenue

9. Information and Announcements

Please Note: The Board may move Information Items
to the Action Calendar.

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

(1) Committee appointments for 2007. (Chair Arreguin)

(2) Staff Report on how the rate of interest on security deposits that must be refunded to tenants is calculated (Executive Director)  [PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]

(3) Copies of letters from Staff Attorney Brian Kelly dated February 8, and February 8, to tenant Judith Proctor in response to her letters of February 1 and January 18, concerning Regulation 1267. (Executive Director)

(4) Memorandum from the City Clerk's office reminding Boardmembers that the 2006 Statement of Economic Interests Forms 700 are due April 2, 2007. (Executive Director)

(5) Copy of February 5, 2007 article in USA Today titled "Renters will dig deeper in 2007" (Executive Director)

b. Announcements of upcoming Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel 

(2) Outreach 

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability 

(4) Eviction/Section 8 - Next meeting Tuesday, February 20 at 2 p.m. 

a. Minutes of Monday, February 5 meeting. 

(5) 4x4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee 

(6) Ad Hoc Committee on Soft Story Ordinance 

(7) Future Special Meetings

c. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda.

10. Adjournment

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