Rent Stabilization Board
2125 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
TEL: (510) 981-7368, TDD: (510) 981-6903, FAX: (510) 981-4910
Office Hours: M,Tu,Th,F 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Wed 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Email: rent@cityofberkeley.info

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Welcome to the Rent Stabilization Board site at the City of Berkeley, CA. [more...]

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD SCHEDULED BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS -  
May 2nd @ 7pm:  Workshop and Public Hearing on the Budget and Possible Increase in the Annual Registration Fee
May 2nd @ 10:30am:  Budget & Personnel Committee Meeting
May 3rd @ 12:30pm:  
 Budget & Personnel Committee Meeting  
May 4th @ 4pm: 
Eviction / Section 8 / Foreclosure Committee Meeting  
May 4th @ 5:30: 
Ad Hoc Committee on Short-Term Rentals
May 11th @ 7pm:  Rent Stabilization Board Special Meeting [more...]

Choose Which Email Updates You Want!  - GET INFORMATION FASTER BY EMAIL!  We invite you to join one or all of our email lists so you can receive information and timely updates on rental housing and Berkeley Rent Board issues that interest you!     [more...]

UPCOMING RENT BOARD EVENTS FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS -
May 6th @ 12:00pm:  Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar @ the Rent Board Office
May 18th @ 5:15pm:  Landlord in Berkeley 101 Seminar @ the Rent Board Office
May 21st @ 10:00am:  Occupancy & Tenancy Turnover Workshop @ the Berkeley Central Library

Every Wednesday: 
Free Counseling at Cal @ 218 Eshelman Hall, 2nd Fl. (on Bancroft near Telegraph)
Free Rent Board Workshops & Seminars:  See Our 2016 Schedule! 
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COURT OF APPEAL UPHOLDS BERKELEY RENT CONTROL REGULATION PROHIBITING MARKET RATE RENT INCREASE AFTER EVICTING TENANT UNDER FALSE PRETENSE - Read the full press release (PDF) for more information. [more...]

2016 ANNUAL GENERAL ADJUSTMENT - At its regular meeting on October 19, 2015, the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board adopted the Annual General Adjustment (AGA) Order for Year 2016 which will allow eligible landlords to increase the 2015 permanent rent ceilings by 1.5%.  Download the 30-day/60-day Notice of Rent Increase (PDF), which is also available in Spanish. [more...]

SECURITY DEPOSIT INTEREST INFORMATION and CALCULATOR - Attention Tenants and Property Owners:  Property owners must use the "Berkeley Bank Rate" when calculating the amount of security deposit interest to return to tenants. Property owners are no longer required to provide evidence that deposit funds are kept in Berkeley banks. The interest rate to be paid in December 2015 for security deposits held from November 1, 2014 through October 31, 2015 is 0.1%.

The interest rate for all April 2016 move-outs is 0.1%.  The interest rate for a December 2015 annual return of Security Deposit Interest: 0.1%.    [more...]

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD PUBLIC NOTICE - On February 22, 2016, the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, by way of a second reading, amended Regulation 1017 [Temporary Housing for Disaster Victims] to permit landlords to offer housing to refugees and locally displaced tenants in addition to disaster victims, at below-market rents for a temporary period, without the landlord forfeiting the right to later raise the rent to a market rental rate after the expiration of the initial temporary term.

The full text of Regulation 1017 may be viewed at www.cityofberkeley.info/rent/ or in the Board’s Public Information Unit at 2125 Milvia Street weekdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. except for Wednesdays when the hours are noon to 6:30 p.m. [more...]

FIRE SAFETY  - Tenants, if you have any concerns or issues with the fire safety of your building or unit, please see the attached link to file a complaint or request a fire safety inspection.  You may make an anonymous complaint if you do not wish to identify yourself.   [more...]

TENANT ELIGIBILITY FOR $6 REGISTRATION FEE PASS-THROUGH REIMBURSEMENT 2015 - The Rent Stabilization Board approved Resolution 15-02 which authorized landlords to pass through a portion of this year’s fee for tenancies that commenced prior to January 1, 1999.  [more...]

CHECK RENTAL UNIT STATUS AND RENT CEILING - Visit the Rent Board's "My Rent Ceiling" page.  Check your rental unit's reported current rent ceiling, registration status, and basic tenancy information and report inaccuracies to Rent Board staff.  [more...]

CONTACT A HOUSING COUNSELOR - Rent Stabilization Board Housing Counselors provide information to tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities under the Berkeley Rent Ordinance and California Rental Housing Law. To contact a Housing Counselor by e-mail, please send an e-mail to: rent@cityofberkeley.info.  [more...]

FREE MEDIATION SERVICES - Are you a tenant or a landlord of a Berkeley residence? Embroiled in a landlord-tenant dispute? Want the help of a neutral third party in resolving this problem?  Interested in exploring whether a free, quick, non-adversarial and informal process would work for you? The City of Berkeley's Rent Stabilization Program offers a no-cost mediation service that can be an effective and efficient way to resolve disputes. [more...]

QUARTERLY MEDIAN RENT, VACANCY REGISTRATION AND OTHER RESEARCH REPORTS - Current quarterly median rent and vacancy registration summaries, as well as other research reports are now available through the Research Reports page. [more...]

 
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Rent Stabilization Board, 2125 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: rent@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-7368
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903