RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

 Monday, March 5, 2001
7 p.m.

2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
City Council Chambers, Second Floor
Berkeley, CA
Broadcast Live - KPFB - 89.3 (N. Berkeley)
and
BTV Cable Channel 25

Agenda

1. Roll Call – 7:00 PM 

2. Approval of the Agenda 

3. Public Forum 

4. Approval of the Minutes 

Minutes of the February 15, 2001 regular meeting.  

5. Appeals – Time Certain – 7:30 PM 

Appeal in L-3631 – 2212 Ward Street, Unit B. (Petitioner continued first hearing from February 15, 2001 meeting). This is an appeal of a hearing examiner decision that held that a rent increase cannot be granted on an agreement of the tenant to pay a higher rent at some future date after the establishment of the initial rent at the commencement of the tenancy. The landlord claims that the denial of the rent increase interferes with his constitutional right to contract. However, it is well settled law that rent regulation does not violate the constitutional prohibitions against the impairment of contracts. For this reason, it is recommended that the decision be affirmed.

6. Action Items 

1. From Committees 

(1) Second reading of proposal to amend Regulation 1206 to increase the statute of limitations for former tenants to file petitions with the Board from one year to three years. (IRA/AGA Committee) 

(2) Presentation of basic budget elements and proposal that the Board adopt a schedule for passage of budget for fiscal year 2001-2002. (Budget and Personnel) 

(3) Proposal to increase contract with Volt. (Budget and Personnel) 

(4) Proposal to increase contract with Inkworks. (Budget and Personnel)

(5) Proposal for RFP for eviction defense and tenant assistance. (Eviction Committee) 

2. From Executive Director 

Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties:

Waiver No.     Property
2509/2914      2215 Bonar Street
2534                1609 63rd Street
2558                1304 Josephine Street
2656                1422 Addison Street
2657                1617 Oxford Street
2561                1730 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
2563                2706 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
2565                1901 Vine/1465 MLK Jr. Way
2567                2912 Newbury Street
2570                2531 Ridge Road
2571                2535 Regent Street
2683                2801 Telegraph/2404 Stuart
2575                1846 Spruce Street
2577                2010 Vine Street

7. Announcements 

1. Reports from Board Members/Staff.

2. Announcements of upcoming Committee Meetings

(1) Budget/Personnel

(2) Community Education and Outreach

(3) Eviction

(4) Individual Rent Adjustment/Annual General Adjustment

(5) Student Outreach and Internship

(6) 3x3 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

3. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda material.   

8. Adjournment