Is My Rental Unit Covered By Rent Control?
In most cases, all rented unit in multi-family buildings built before 1980 are covered by rent control. Find out if your rental unit is covered
How Much Rent Can My Landlord Charge?
Each rental unit covered by rent control has a rent ceiling, which is the maximum rent a landlord can charge for a particular unit. The rent ceiling limits the amount your landlord can increase the rent. You can look up your unit's rent ceiling online.
Rental Unit Registration
If your rental unit is covered by rent control your landlord must register your unit and pay an annual registration fee. Tenancies that commenced prior to 1999 may qualify for a registration fee pass-through reimbursement.
Almost all tenants in Berkeley have eviction protections, even those in newer buildings not covered by rent control.
Interest on My Security Deposit
The Ordinance requires landlords to pay tenants interest on their security deposits. Learn more about security deposits
Mediation & Petition Process
The Rent Board offers free mediation services to landlords and tenants who need help resolving residential tenancy-related matters. Tenants can petition the Rent Board and receive a hearing and a legal determination on several matters including, but not limited to individual rent adjustment, rent withholding for owner's failure to register, and habitability issues. For more information, visit the petition process page.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)