NEW LAWS AND REGULATIONS AFFECTING RENTAL PROPERTIES
New Alameda County Mandatory Recycling Requirements. Effective July 1, 2012 all multi-unit dwellings with five (5) or more residential units must have recycling service. For more information visit the Alameda County Waste Authority's Mandatory Recycling Website: http://www.recyclingrulesac.org/multi-family/
To establish recycling service at your property please call the City's Customer Service Call Center at 311 (510-981-7270). The City of Berkeley provides free assistance, collection containers, and instructional posters to all refuse accounts. Visit the City of Berkeley Recycling Website for more info at: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/recycling/
Carbon Monoxide Devices
New California State Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Device(s). Effective July 1, 2011 all single family dwellings must have carbon monoxide devices installed. And all multi-unit dwellings as of January 1, 2013.
For questions pertaining to existing housing or rental housing contact the Housing and Community Services Department, Rental Housing Safety Program (RHSP) office at (510) 981-5445
For questions pertaining to permitted new construction contact the Planning Department at (510) 981‑7440.
On July 16, 2012, the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, by way of a second reading, adopted Regulation 1282 – Individual Rent Adjustments for Units in Properties Where No Units Have Received a Vacancy Increase since December 31, 1998. The purpose of this regulation is to provide timely and fair adjustments of rents in properties where all of the units have been occupied by long-term tenants since prior to the inception of full vacancy decontrol on January 1, 1999.
The full text of Regulation 1282 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.