RENT BOARD UPCOMING LANDLORD AND TENANT
WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS FOR 2016  
 

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


  

Special Workshop for Long-Term Rent Controlled Tenants ** Click Here to Register! **
Tuesday, June 14th     6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. @ the Berkeley Central Library
 
Rent stabilization and eviction protections provide housing stability and help maintain social and economic diversity in Berkeley.  Rents have skyrocketed in the last few years; in some cases 20-40% above prior market rents.  As a result, we have seen several cases in which long-term tenants in Berkeley are much more vulnerable to being evicted or “encouraged” to leave through harassment or neglect- so rents can be reset to current market. This workshop is designed to give long-term tenants a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities under the Berkeley Rent Ordinance, provide tenants with basic tips on how to avoid exposing themselves to pre-textual evictions, how to document and respond to harassment, habitability problems or attempts to constructively evict, what legal resources are available outside of the Rent Board, and how to avoid losing their right to their stabilized rent.  Participants will receive a free tenant packet and other important information.

Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar
Wednesday, Aug. 10th     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 6th     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' Rights Seminar
Wednesday, Sep. 14th     5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. @ the Rent Stabilization Board Office

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.

Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar
Friday, Sep. 23rd     12:00 p.m. – 1:00 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 12th     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
Thursday, Oct. 27th     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. 

 


 

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

Occupancy and Tenancy Turnover Workshop 
Saturday, May 21st        10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  @ the Berkeley Central Library  
Rent Board staff will discuss when, how, and under what circumstances rents can be reset to market under State and Berkeley law. The workshop will focus on sublease/original occupancy addendums and when landlords are able to reset the rent to market.

Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar
Wednesday, May 18th     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 6th     12 p.m. - 1 p.m. @ the Berkeley Central Library 
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 19th     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.  

Occupancy and Tenancy Turnover Workshop
Saturday, April 16th     10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  @ the North Berkeley Branch Library    
Rent Board staff will discuss when, how, and under what circumstances rents can be reset to market under State and Berkeley law. The workshop will focus on sublease/original occupancy addendums and when landlords are able to reset the rent to market.

Landlords & Tenants Seminar: Security Deposit Law - Rights and Responsibilities 
Wednesday, April 13th     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
Tuesday, March 15th     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.