RENT BOARD UPCOMING LANDLORD AND TENANT
WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS FOR 2014  
 

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


Evictions in Berkeley:  A Workshop for Berkeley Landlords
Tuesday, March 18th         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 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.

Landlords and Tenants Seminar:  Security Deposit Law
Wednesday, April 16th        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.

Tenants' Rights Workshop
Tuesday, April 22nd        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/repair problems, breaking leases, resolving roommate issues, mediating landlord/tenant disputes and petitioning for a rent reduction/refund through the Berkeley Rent Board.

Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar
Friday, May 2nd        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 troubleshoot problems. Topics include: When rents can be raised (rent regulation), good cause required for evictions, interest on security deposits, common lease problems, resolving habitability/repair issues, sub-leasing and sub-tenancies, and rent registration.

Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar
Wednesday, May 21st        5:15 p.m. -  6:15 p.m.
 @ the Rent Stabilization Board Office
Understanding how the Berkeley Rent Ordinance and California rental housing law work is an important part of being an effective and successful landlord. This seminar will cover a variety of subjects that can help both new and experienced rental property owners prevent future problems and better handle a variety of rental property issues. Topics for this seminar include: When rents can be raised (rent regulation), good cause required for evictions, interest on the security deposit, common lease problems, resolving habitability/repair issues, subleasing and subtenants, and rent registration.

Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar
Wednesday, August 13th        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 troubleshoot problems. Topics include: When rents can be raised (rent regulation), good cause required for evictions, interest on security deposits, common lease problems, resolving habitability/repair issues, sub-leasing and sub-tenancies, and rent registration.

Owning Rental Property in Berkeley Workshop
Tuesday, September 9th        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:  Habitability/Repair Issues, Lease Breaking, and the Petition Process
Wednesday, September 17th        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 26th        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.

Landlords Seminar:  Evictions
Wednesday, October 15th        5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
 @ the Rent Stabilization Board Office
Facilitated by a Rent Board Staff Attorney, this seminar is a must for any landlord who wants to understand evictions in Berkeley, including Berkeley specific-rules and restrictions on evictions and how these 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 28th        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.

  


 

For more information please contact the Berkeley Rent Board at (510) 981-RENT (7368) or visit the Events Page