RENT BOARD UPCOMING LANDLORD AND TENANT
WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS FOR 2015  
 

All workshops and seminars are free. 

WORKSHOPS are held at the Berkeley Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St., 3rd Floor, Community Meeting Room, Berkeley
SEMINARS are held at the Rent Stabilization Board Office at 2125 Milvia St., Berkeley



Small Property Owners Seminar
Wednesday, June 17th     5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. @ the Rent Stabilization Board Office
It’s not always easy navigating the challenges of the rental business. This seminar was designed with Small Property Owners in mind. Come learn the basics regarding local and state requirements for rent increases, registration, security deposits and interest, evictions, landlord entry, communication and conflict resolution.   

Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar
Wednesday, August 12th     5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. @ the Rent Stabilization Board Office
Whether you are a new rental property owner or a seasoned one, understanding how the Berkeley Rent Ordinance and associated California rental housing law work is an important part of being an effective and successful landlord. Although the Rent Board is available to assist if problems arise, this seminar serves to help landlords prevent and trouble-shoot problems. Topics include: When rents can be raised (rent regulation), good cause required for evictions, interest on security deposits, common lease problems, resolving habitability issues, sub-leasing and sub-tenancies, and rent registration.  

Owning Rental Property in Berkeley Workshop
Tuesday, September 8th     6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
@ the Berkeley Central Library
This workshop is a crash course on owning rental property in Berkeley including a detailed description of a landlord’s rights and responsibilities. Among the topics included: Common lease issues, security deposits, Berkeley’s requirements for interest on security deposits, rent control, evictions and eviction protections in Berkeley, landlord entry, dealing with problematic tenants, addressing habitability/repair problems, and utilizing the Rent Board’s free mediation services to resolve disputes with tenants.  

Tenants Seminar: Rights and Responsibilities in Habitability/Repair Issues,
Lease Breaking, and the Petition Process
Wednesday, September 16th     5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
@ the Rent Stabilization Board Office
Many tenants face the unpleasant reality of having on-going habitability problems. This seminar focuses on the appropriate steps to resolve repair problems and the recourse available if a repair problem is not resolved. Topics that will be addressed include how to document habitability problems, how to work with the landlord to resolve them, utilizing the Rent Board mediation service, filing a petition for a rent reduction in order to compel repairs, utilizing the City’s housing inspectors, and breaking your lease if necessary. We will also examine the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants when a tenant breaks a lease.  

Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar
Friday, September 25th     12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
@ the Rent Stabilization Board Office
Whether you are a new rental property owner or a seasoned one, understanding how the Berkeley Rent Ordinance and associated California rental housing law work is an important part of being an effective and successful landlord. Although the Rent Board is available to assist if problems arise, this seminar serves to help landlords prevent and trouble-shoot problems. Topics include: When rents can be raised (rent regulation), good cause required for evictions, interest on security deposits, common lease problems, resolving habitability issues, sub-leasing and sub-tenancies, and rent registration.
 

Landlord Seminar: Evictions - Rights and Responsibilities
Wednesday, October 14th     5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. @ the Rent Stabilization Board Office
Facilitated by a Rent Board Staff Attorney, this workshop is a must for any landlord who wants to understand evictions in Berkeley, including Berkeley-specific rules and restrictions on evictions and how those rules tie into the standard eviction lawsuit process under state law. The seminar will also address the particulars of the Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance, including owner move-in eviction rules. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Tenants' Rights Workshop
Tuesday, October 27th     6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
@ the Berkeley Central Library
This workshop is a crash course on tenants’ rights. The workshop covers a wide variety of topics including: Rent control and eviction protections under the Berkeley Rent Ordinance, getting security deposits back, dealing with habitability problems, breaking leases, resolving roommate issues, mediating landlord/tenant disputes, and petitioning for a rent reduction/refund through the Berkeley Rent Board.

 


 

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar
Wednesday, May 20th     5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. @ the Rent Stabilization Board Office
Whether you are a new rental property owner or a seasoned one, understanding how the Berkeley Rent Ordinance and associated California rental housing law work is an important part of being an effective and successful landlord. Although the Rent Board is available to assist if problems arise, this seminar serves to help landlords prevent and trouble-shoot problems. Topics include: When rents can be raised (rent regulation), good cause required for evictions, interest on security deposits, common lease problems, resolving habitability issues, sub-leasing and sub-tenancies, and rent registration.  
 

Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar
Friday, May 1st     12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
@ the Rent Stabilization Board Office
Whether you are a new rental property owner or a seasoned one, understanding how the Berkeley Rent Ordinance and associated California rental housing law work is an important part of being an effective and successful landlord. Although the Rent Board is available to assist if problems arise, this seminar serves to help landlords prevent and trouble-shoot problems. Topics include: When rents can be raised (rent regulation), good cause required for evictions, interest on security deposits, common lease problems, resolving habitability issues, sub-leasing and sub-tenancies, and rent registration.  

Tenants' Rights Workshop
Tuesday, April 21st     6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. @ the Berkeley Central Library
This workshop is a crash course on tenants’ rights. The workshop covers a wide variety of topics including: Rent control and eviction protections under the Berkeley Rent Ordinance, getting security deposits back, dealing with habitability problems, breaking leases, resolving roommate issues, mediating landlord/tenant disputes, and petitioning for a rent reduction/refund through the Berkeley Rent Board. 

Landlords & Tenants Seminar: Security Deposit Law - Rights and Responsibilities
Wednesday, April 15th 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
@ the Rent Stabilization Board Office
Both landlords and tenants in Berkeley will inevitably face security deposit disputes. This seminar is designed to help both landlords and tenants understand their responsibilities at the end of a tenancy and their rights if the law is not properly followed. Discussion will focus on obligations and rights under California Civil Code 1950.5, and how to avoid unnecessary disputes when it comes to dealing with the security deposit. The seminar will include information about the Rent Board’s mediation service and petition process, and the Alameda County Small Claims Court.

Evictions in Berkeley: A Workshop for Berkeley Landlords
Monday, March 16th 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. @ the Berkeley Central Library

Facilitated by a Rent Board Staff Attorney, this workshop is a must for any landlord who wants to understand evictions in Berkeley, including Berkeley-specific rules and restrictions on evictions and how those rules tie into the standard eviction lawsuit process under state law. The workshop will also address the particulars of the Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance, including owner move-in eviction rules. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.