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

Home

Rent Stabilization Board home page photo

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

FY 2014-2015 REGISTRATION INFORMATION  -  ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEES OF $194 PER UNIT WERE DUE TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014. The Rent Stabilization Ordinance requires that payments not received in the Rent Board Office or postmarked by the due date be assessed a 100% penalty. Rental units must be properly registered in order to take rent increases and/or evict tenants. Most property owners may be eligible for a waiver of part or all of the penalty fees if their account is fully paid on or before September 1st, 2014 . If you have any questions about the registration status of your property, please contact the Rent Board at (510) 981-7368 and ask for our Registration Unit. [more...]

SECURITY DEPOSIT INTEREST INFORMATION and CALCULATOR - Attention Tenants and Property Owners:  On April 22, 2014, the Berkeley Rent Board adopted a new formula for calculating security deposit interest. All property owners may now use the "Berkeley Bank Rate" when calculating the amount of security deposit interest to return to tenants. Landlords no longer have to provide evidence that deposit funds are kept in Berkeley banks. 

The interest rate for all August 2014 move-outs is 0.1%.  The interest rate for a December 2013 annual return of Security Deposit Interest: 0.1%.    [more...]

SMOKING PROHIBITION ADDENDUM - The Berkeley Rent Board is committed to promoting safe and healthy housing for all.  To ensure that rental units remain smoke free, landlords should always include a smoking prohibition clause in a lease agreement for a new tenancy.  So that no resident is subject to the harmful effects of second hand smoke, we are also encouraging all sitting tenants and landlords to voluntarily agree to sign an addendum to their existing lease agreement that prohibits smoking on the premises if the original agreement does not already contain this prohibition. [more...]

UPCOMING RENT BOARD EVENTS FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS -
Every Wednesday:  Free Counseling at UC Berkeley, 102 Sproul Hall - Wednesday, 2pm-5pm 
September 9, 2014:  Owning Rental Property in Berkeley Workshop - Tuesday, 9/9,  6pm-7:30pm [more...]

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD SCHEDULED BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS -
September 15, 2014:  Rent Stabilization Board Regular Meeting - Monday, 9/15 @ 7pm [more...]

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD PUBLIC NOTICE - 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL ADJUSTMENT - At its regular meeting on October 21, 2013, the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board adopted the Annual General Adjustment (AGA) Order for Year 2014 which will allow eligible landlords to increase the 2013 permanent rent ceilings by 1.7%. [more...]

TENANT ELIGIBILITY FOR $4.00 REGISTRATION FEE PASS-THROUGH REIMBURSEMENT 2013 - The Rent Stabilization Board approved Resolution 13-03 which authorized landlords to pass through a portion of this year’s fee for tenancies that commenced prior to January 1, 1999.  [more...]

SUMMARY OF 2013 LANDLORD AND TENANT STATE LEGISLATION -

  • For information on the most important recent changes to both State and local laws affecting rental properties in Berkeley please visit the Rent Board's New Laws & Regulations page.
  • [more...]

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

    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...]

     
    Home | Web Policy | Text-Only Site Map | Contact Us
    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