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Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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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: rent@cityofberkeley.info

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Annual Registration Fees of $250 per unit WERE DUE Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Payments not received or postmarked by the due date were assessed a 100% penalty. Under Berkeley Rent Board Resolution 20-14, owners whose late payments are due to financial impacts of COVID-19 are eligible for a full waiver of registration penalties. For questions about your registration status, please call our office at (510) 981-7368 and leave a message. Your call will be returned by a Registration Unit staff member.  

Judicial Council of California issues new emergency rule disallowing the majority of eviction lawsuits from being heard in court for a period of time.

Can't Pay Rent Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)? You Have Protections but you need to ACT NOW! See our page with important information about Berkeley's Eviction Moratorium in effect now.  

The Rent Board office is curently CLOSED to the public due to COVID-19 and related Health and Shelter-in-Place Orders. We are still providing limited services remotely. See our Reduced Services in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page

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

  HOW CAN WE HELP YOU? 

• 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 rent@cityofberkeley.info or at 510-981-RENT (7368) -- see our office hours at the top of this page. 


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