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July 12, 2005 Public Hearing:

  1. Proposed Fees For Residential Rental Property Owners Rental Housing Safety Program

The City of Berkeley Housing Department is proposing late-payment and administrative processing fees to be charged to residential rental property owners who are delinquent paying fees due the City on behalf of the Rental Housing Safety Program (RHSP).  Both the existing RHSP fees for which no change is proposed and the new fees proposed are described below.

 

Existing RHSP Fees

  • Annual flat fee of $17.00 per unit for all residential rental units including single-family residences and duplexes, and $8.50 per room for all residential hotels and boarding houses with five or more rooms (Resolution No. 62,231-N.S. adopted September 16, 2003); and
     

  • Re-inspection fees for all residential units and buildings that are inspected for possible housing code violations as follows: (per Resolution No. 62,230-N.S. adopted on September 16, 2003) 

Inspection Type

Fee Amount

First re-inspection in which all cited housing code violations have not been corrected.

$300.00

Second re-inspection whether or not unit is cleared of all cited code violations.

$300.00

All other re-inspections whether or not unit is cleared of all cited code violations.   

$400.00

 

Proposed New RHSP Penalty Fee and Administrative Lien Fee

  • Late Payment Fee - Every annual flat fee or re-inspection fee for which full payment is not received by the City within 30 days of the initial billing date shall be considered delinquent.  The City shall thereupon assess a penalty of ten percent of the billed amount.  Moreover, accounts for which full payment is not received by the City within 60 days from the initial billing date shall be assessed an additional twenty percent of the original amount billed.  
     

  • Administrative Lien Fee - Accounts which remain outstanding after 60 days from the initial billing date shall be considered delinquent and filed with the County of Alameda as a lien on the property.  The amount of the lien shall include an administrative processing fee of $75.00 in addition to the initial billing amount and applicable late-payment fees.  (Separate accounts are maintained for annual flat fees and re-inspection fees. Therefore, a property may have two delinquent accounts, one for each fee category.  For multi-unit residential rental buildings, the administrative processing fee will be $75.00 per account regardless of the number of units for which payment remains outstanding.) 

The RHSP was adopted by City Council in July 2002, and revised in July 2003, to encourage a collaborative effort among property owners, tenants, and the City to improve the safety conditions of rental housing in Berkeley.  The RHSP incorporates state-mandated housing code inspections that are conducted in response to tenant complaints, as well as random and selective inspections of tenant-occupied units and buildings to identify existing or potential housing code violations before they compromise the safety and well being of tenants. The RHSP further requires rental property owners to: 1) annually certify that their units meet housing safety standards, and 2) have their units inspected by the local utility company or a licensed mechanical contractor every five years to certify proper functioning of gas-heating appliances.

 

The proposed new fees are intended to recover the costs of collection activities associated with  delinquent RHSP accounts and promote owner compliance with housing code regulations and attention to tenant safety.

 

For further information, contact Carlos Romo at  (510) 981-5440 or Ted Katayama at (510) 981-5429.


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