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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board


Each year the Berkeley Rent Board passes an Annual General Adjustment which allows landlords to raise the rents for all rental units covered by the Rent Control Ordinance for which the landlord did not establish an initial rent during prior the calendar year.

The yearly increase is set by taking 65% of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Bay Area during the period from July 1st through June 30th of each year. This formula was approved by the Berkeley voters in the November 2004 general municipal election.


2016 ANNUAL GENERAL ADJUSTMENT - At its regular meeting on October 19, 2015, the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board adopted the Annual General Adjustment (AGA) Order for Year 2016 which will allow eligible landlords to increase the 2015 permanent rent ceilings by 1.5%.  The 2016 AGA of 1.5% represents 65% of the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers in the Bay Area during the period from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015, which was 2.3% as posted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The 65% of CPI formula was approved by Berkeley voters in the November 2004 general municipal election.  See Berkeley Municipal Code section 13.76.110A. for rules related to establishing the AGA.

The 2016 AGA may not be charged to tenants whose tenancy began on or after January 1, 2015, and who had their rents set pursuant to the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.  The Order – Rent Board Regulation 1138 – also sets forth the conditions for qualifying for this rent increase and the notice that must be given to tenants in order to raise the rent.  The full text of the regulation and Order may be viewed in the Rent Board office at 2125 Milvia Street or at  If you have any questions, you may contact a Rent Board Housing Counselor at 510-981-RENT (981-7368).

Jay Kelekian
Executive Director
October 20, 2015

Many of the links below lead to PDF files that require Adobe Acrobat Reader to be installed on your computer.  You can download Acrobat Reader for free.  

October 19, 2015 Staff Report – 2015 Annual General Adjustment 

Regulation 1138 - Annual General Adjustment Order for 2016

2016 Annual General Adjustment Calculator

2016 Annual General Adjustment 30-Day/60-Day Notice of Rent Increase (AGA 30-Day/60-Day Notice in Spanish)

Important 2016 AGA Information

Letter to Landlords

Letter to Tenants

Legislative Updates for Landlords

Legislative Updates for Tenants

List of Annual General Adjustments

AGA Good Cause for Eviction  

Landlords: Are the tenancies at your property properly recorded with the Rent Board?

2015 AGA Information

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