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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:

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The Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board is accepting applications to fill a recently vacated seat on the Rent Board. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22ndRead the press release for more information.

Look up the new maximum allowable rent for your rental unit on My Rent Ceiling. In January of each year, the Rent Board posts the updated rent ceilings for all rent-controlled units, which include the annual increase (AGA) for units considered in compliance with local requirements. 

THE 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL ADJUSTMENT (AGA) IS 1.8% - visit the 2017 AGA page for more information. 2016 Security Deposit Interest Annual Refund is 0.1%  *Scroll down for additional news & information*

Berkeley Rent Board joins chorus of elected officials in condemning violence and hate speech against Muslims and other vulnerable groups.  Read the press release and the adopted resolution.

OUR WEBSITE REDESIGN - We want to hear from you! Visit our Redesign Overview Page for more information and a chance to give us your feedback.

NEW TENANT BUYOUT ORDINANCE - Effective April 30, 2016, the City of Berkeley has enacted new rights and obligations to tenants and landlords entering into "buyout" agreements.

TENANT ELIGIBILITY FOR 2016 REGISTRATION FEE PASS-THROUGH REIMBURSEMENT - for qualifying tenancies that commenced prior to January 1, 1999.

What is Rent Control? And How Does It Affect Me?


• Know Your Rights & Responsibilities as a Landlord or Tenant

Register Your Residential Rental Unit

• Check Your Unit’s Rent Ceiling

• Understand Lawful Rent Increases (including AGAs)

• Understand the Eviction Process in Berkeley

• File a Petition and Understand the Hearings Process

Mediate Landlord-Tenant Issues

• Calculate Interest on Security Deposits

For questions or more information, contact a Rent Board Housing Counselor at or at 510-981-RENT (7368) -- see our office hours at the top of this page. 

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Meetings & Events

Check out the Rent Board’s 2017 Schedule of FREE Workshops and Seminars for Landlords and Tenants!

Guide to Rent Control
My Rent Ceiling: Look Up Your Unit Info

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