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Berkeley Has Rent Control
What is rent control?
In 1980, the voters enacted a law – the Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance (the “Rent Ordinance”) – that regulates most residential units in Berkeley with two key purposes:
1) to protect tenants from unwarranted rent increases, and
2) to protect tenants from evictions without a “good cause.” With few exceptions, even units not covered by rent controls are guaranteed eviction protections.
And what does it mean for you?
- Tenants can petition to reduce rent due to poor housing conditions
- Landlords cannot tell you to leave just because they don’t like you, want to sell the property, or can get higher rent from
- You have the right to interest on your security deposit
- You can get advice on your rights and responsibilities
as a tenant
The Berkeley Rent Board Can Help
Who We Are
We are dedicated public servants: Professional staff and elected Rent Board Commissioners.
The Rent Ordinance serves “to address the City of Berkeley’s housing crisis, preserve the public peace, health and safety, and advance the housing policies of the City with regard to low and fixed income persons, minorities, students, handicapped, and the aged.” Berkeley Municipal Code 13.76.030
Services We Provide
- Rental Housing Counseling and Advice
- Mediation and Hearings
Call and Speak
with a Rent Board
|| Understand what types of units are covered by rent control, eviction protections and the right to interest on a security deposit.
Types of Rent Control Coverage for Units in Berkeley
Additional Resources for Cal Students
ASUC’s Renter’s Legal Assistance: (510) 642-1755
Cal Legal Services for Students: (510) 642-3916
Tang Center for Health and Mental Health: (510) 642-2000
East Bay Community Law Center: (510) 548-4040
Eviction Defense Center: (510) 452-4541