Tuesday, July 26, 2011  –  5:00 p.m.

2001 Center Street, Law Library, 2nd Floor

MINUTES (Unapproved)

1. Roll call at 5:05 p.m.

Board members present: Harr, Shelton, Tregub
Staff present: Barton, Brown

2. Approval of the Agenda; Passed 3 – 0 as amended.

3. Approval of Minutes of the July 1, 2011 meeting; Passed 3 – 0 as amended.

4. Public Comment; Two people introduced themselves.

5. Discussion and possible action regarding the 2011 Workplan; See attached page (page is below on website)

5.b. Update by Tregub that a foreclosure workshop he is involved with is scheduled for September 10, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library.

6. Items for future agendas

Regular monthly meetings were set for the 4th Wednesday at 5 p.m. (9 days after most Rent Board meetings.)
The next meeting will set priorities among the listed work plan items and discuss having a Board training on foreclosure issues.

7. Adjournment at 6:20 p.m.

Rent Board Committee on Evictions, Section 8 and Foreclosures

DRAFT list of issues for Work Plan, FY 2011-12

1. Foreclosure training or workshop for Board members

2. Relocation Ordinance

a. Track relocations, ordinance implementation

b. Look into creating a security deposit revolving loan fund to assist in temporary relocations

c. Review the process on how tenants and landlords learn about their rights and obligations under the ordinance, how Rent Board can help

3. Section 8 and the Housing Authority

a. Track relocation component of Public Housing transition

b. Track trends in Berkeley: Will Section 8 opt-outs increase with the reduction in Payment Standard?

c. Consider establishing regulations to define how rent stabilization applies to Section 8 tenants

d. Track HUD changes in the Section 8 program

4. Foreclosures

a. Disclosure rules relating to foreclosure (??)

b. Consider how tenants who don’t know who to pay rent to could pay into an escrow account

c. Track legislation on foreclosure issues

i. Support legislation establishing a foreclosed owners’ right to rent and remain in place

d. Get results of California Attorney General’s investigation of banks

e. Problems searching County records relating to default and foreclosure

5. Regular staff reports (six month cycle, two months apart)

a. Owner move-in evictions

b. Ellis Act evictions

c. Foreclosures and notices of default

6. Community Agencies

a. Review and approve community agency contracts

b. Get regular reports on trends in evictions, foreclosures

7. Anti-harassment Ordinance

8. Track Pending Legislation related to Committee issues

9. Review Eviction for Good Cause provisions of the ordinance

10. What are the effects of evictions on neighborhood stabilization

11. Establish regular monthly meeting times