City of Berkeley
Rent Stabilization Board
Committee meeting schedules and assignments

(click a linked meeting date to view the proposed meeting agenda)

Rent Stabilization Board Commissioners' Committee meeting attendance records 


BUDGET & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

This Committee oversees the annual budget process and makes recommendations to the Board throughout the year on changes to the staffing model and any expenditures that arise outside of the budget process. Any issues related to registration or the registration fee originate with this Committee, including such programs as the Summer Registration Fee for fraternities.

Prior Agendas  

Next Meeting:     To Be Announced

Commissioner Harr
Commissioner Selawsky, Chair
Commissioner Shelton
Commissioner Soto-Vigil


EVICTION / SECTION 8 / FORECLOSURE COMMITTEE

This Committee reviews and monitors matters related to the displacement of tenants from affordable housing and possible resources to assist them. The Committee’s work includes, but is not limited to, reviewing and tracking annual status reports on Owner Occupancy and Ellis evictions, meeting with the Berkeley Housing Authority on common ground issues, tracking and monitoring staff’s progress in outreach to tenants in foreclosed or distressed properties, and reviewing the work performed under contract with the East Bay Community Law Center and Eviction Defense Center.

Prior Agendas 

Next Meeting:     To Be Announced

        Commissioner Chang
        Commissioner Harr
        Commissioner Hunt


HABITABILITY COMMITTEE

This Committee takes the place of the Habitability piece of the former IRA / AGA / Habitability Committee (now the IRA / AGA / Registration Committee) and the non-disaster-related Safety piece of the former Safe & Sustainable Committee (now the Resilience & Sustainability Committee).  The Committee will focus on various habitability issues including, but not limited to, cyclical housing inspections, anonymous building complaints, Rental Housing Safety Program issues, and related topics.

Prior Agendas

Next Meeting:     To Be Announced

Commissioner Dodsworth
Commissioner Laverde
Commissioner Selawsky
Commissioner Soto-Vigil
     


INDIVIDUAL RENT ADJUSTMENT / ANNUAL GENERAL ADJUSTMENT / REGISTRATION COMMITTEE
(formerly the Individual Rent Adjustment / Annual General Adjustment / Habitability Committee)

This Committee handles all issues that relate to the Board’s regulations and the Hearings Unit. The Committee reviews and approves the Annual General Adjustment. Changes to regulations may be initiated at the Committee, and the Board refers any issues that arise related to regulations, hearings, or the appeals process to this Committee.  The Committee also reviews issues related to waivers or other registration topics.

Prior Agendas  

Next Meeting:     Friday, July 10, 2015 @ 4 p.m.
                              2001 Center Street, 2nd Floor, Law Library

Commissioner Harr
Commissioner Hunt
Commissioner Shelton
Commissioner Townley
   


OUTREACH COMMITTEE

The Outreach Committee reviews efforts and makes recommendations for informing Berkeley residents and property owners of the services that the Rent Board provides and for expanding access to these services. Outreach projects include, but are not limited to, informative workshops and mailings, advertising, and on-the-spot counseling services at annual Berkeley events, the library, senior centers, and local college campuses.

Prior Agendas

Next Meeting:    To Be Announced 

Commissioner Chang
Commissioner Dodsworth
Commissioner Laverde
  


RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE
(formerly the Safe and Sustainable Housing Committee)

This Committee focuses on matters related to maintaining rental housing in Berkeley that is secure, healthy, and environmentally conscientious. The Committee recently collaborated with City staff and other Commissions on crafting a draft disaster preparedness plan. It supported the composting and recycling improvements at the county level and the soft-story ordinance adopted by the City Council. It also investigated energy conservation and sustainability issues.

Prior Agendas

Next Meeting:      To Be Announced  

Commissioner Chang
Commissioner Soto-Vigil
Commissioner Townley
  


4 X 4 JOINT COMMITTEE ON HOUSING - RENT BOARD AND CITY COUNCIL
(Prior meeting agendas are posted on the City Clerk's web site which is linked above.)

The 4x4 was established to allow the Rent Board and the City Council to discuss and make recommendations on housing issues where jurisdiction or policy overlap, conflict or is unclear. Four members are appointed from each body. Issues that have been before the 4x4 include seismic safety issues (soft story ordinance and signage enforcement), the Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Ordinance, the Condominium Conversion Ordinance, proposed changes to the Demolition Ordinance, recycling and energy issues, the apartment building fires, and habitability issues, including the Rental Housing Safety Program and how the city performs inspections.

Next Meeting:     To Be Announced

Commissioner Harr
Commissioner Laverde
Commissioner Selawsky
Commissioner Townley


AD HOC COMMITTEE ON PAPERLESS AGENDAS

This Committee will identify and analyze the issues related to implementing a paperless agenda packet program for the Rent Board.  These issues include, but are not limited to: costs of hardware, software, network connectivity and maintenance of a paperless agenda program; how such a program would affect current Board agenda procedures and staff; and a policy for the Rent Board to codify the terms of use, functionality and limitations of such a program, that complies with the City's applicable Administrative Regulations and policies.

Next Meeting: To Be Announced

Commissioner Dodsworth
Commissioner Selawsky
Commissioner Soto-Vigil


AD HOC COMMITTEE ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS

This Committee will focus on the issues related to current and future rent-controlled units that are marketed on the Airbnb.com website, and similar operations, and how this impacts Berkeley tenants and property owners.

Prior Agendas

Next Meeting:      To Be Announced   

       Commissioner Dodsworth
       Commissioner Harr
       Commissioner Hunt
       Commissioner Selawsky
 



DISBANDED COMMITTEES
 

Waivers Committee

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Ad Hoc Committee on Smoke-Free Housing

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Ad Hoc Committee on Board Compensation

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Ad Hoc Committee on Filling Board Vacancy 

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Ad Hoc Committee on State Legislation 

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