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.

Translation Disclaimer

Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Full Agenda Packet (PDF Copy)

Regular Meeting

 Thursday, January 19, 2017
      7:00 p.m.

Maudelle Shirek Building 
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way 
Council Chambers, Second Floor,
Broadcast Live – KPFB – 89.3 
(N. Berkeley) and BTV Cable Channel 33

Video Archive (2:51)  


 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.   

* Times allotted for each item are approximate and may be changed at the Board’s discretion during the course of this meeting.

1. Roll call – 1 min.*

2. Approval of Agenda – 1 min.*

3. Public Forum

4. CONSENT ITEMS – 5 min.*

a. Approval of the December 19th Regular Meeting minutes

b. Proposed changes to the Rent Board’s Committee structure (Chair Selawsky and Executive Director)


a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committee

(1) Discussion and possible action recommending support for a Safe and Affordable Housing Policy proposal (Commissioners Tregub & Simon-Weisberg) – 20 min.*

(2) Discussion and possible action regarding the Rent Board recommending that the City Council Create Additional Administrative Powers of Zoning Officer to Deny or Hold in Abeyance New Permit Applications Until Outstanding Code Enforcement Issues are Resolved (Commissioners Tregub & Simon-Weisberg) – 20 min.*

(3) Discussion and possible action regarding the Short-term Rentals Ordinance (Commissioners Harr & Simon-Weisberg) – 15 min.*

(4) Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following requests for waiver of late registration penalties (Executive Director) – 5 min.*

Ministerial Waiver

Waiver No.      Property Address

4607                3122 College Avenue
4609                1344 Hearst Avenue


Please Note: The Board may move Information Items to the Action Calendar.

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on Deputy Director recruitment – Verbal (Executive Director) – 3 min.

(2) Updated Commissioner attendance records for 2016 (Executive Director) – 3 min.*

(3) 2016 Performance Audit of the City of Oakland Rent Adjustment Program (Executive Director) – 3 min.*

(4) January 10, 2017 letter from Rent Board to Honorable Mayor Libby Schaaf regarding the Ghost Ship tragedy and the sudden increase in evictions of creative spaces across the Bay Area (Chair Selawsky) – 3 min.*

(5) November 15, 2016 Mountain View Voice article by Mark Noack titled, “City Council backs immediate eviction protections” (Vice-Chair Laverde-Levine) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(6) November 16, 2016 New Times San Luis Obispo.com article by Peter Johnson titled, “No easy fix: SLO’s embattled Rental Housing Inspection Program faces an uncertain future” (Commissioner Harr) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(7) January 3, 2017 Bloomberg.com article by Prashant Gopal titled, “Wall Street, America’s New Landlord, Kicks Tenants to the Curb” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(8) December 21, 2016 Press Democrat.com article by Kevin McCallum titled, “Opponents of Santa Rosa rent control able to force referendum” (Vice-Chair Laverde Levine) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(9) December 23, 2016 The Mercury News.com article by Jason Green titled, “Mountain View: Rent-control measure sidelined by judge’s order” (Vice-Chair Laverde Levine) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

(10) December 24, 2016 Daily Republic.com article by Tim Jones titled, “A landlord can charge as much for rent as he wants” (Vice-Chair Laverde Levine) – 1 min.*  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE (with comment from Vice-Chair Laverde Levine)

b. Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel – 1 min.*

(2) Outreach – 2 min.*

a. November 18, 2016 agenda

(3) IRA, AGA and Registration – 1 min.*

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure – 1 min.*

(5) Resilience and Sustainability – 3 min.*

a. November 17, 2016 minutes

b. December 8, 2016 agenda

c. January 12th agenda

(6) Habitability – 2 min.*

a. October 4, 2016 minutes

(7) 4 x 4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee – 2 min.*

a. December 12, 2016 agenda

(8) 4 x 4 Ad Hoc Committee on Safety, Occupancy and Affordability of Converted Artist Warehouses and Workspaces – 5 min.*

a. January 13th agenda

(9) Ad Hoc Committee on the Effects of Costa-Hawkins – 1 min.*

(10) Ad Hoc Committee on Paperless Agendas – 1 min.*

(11) Ad Hoc Committee on Short-Term Rentals – 1 min.*

(12) Future Special Meetings – 1 min.*

c. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda – 2 min.*

At this point, the Board will adjourn to reconvene in Closed Session to discuss the items listed below. Upon the Board’s return, the meeting will resume and the Chair will announce any action(s) taken by the Board during Closed Session.


The Board will convene in closed session for an update on litigation pursuant to California Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1):

Winslett v. 1811 27th Avenue LLC, Yuval Sagi, et al, (California Court of Appeal First Appellate District, Division Four Case No. A146932)

Gabriela Del Hoyo, et al. v. Superior Court of Alameda County (Alameda County Appellate Division, Case No. RG17844740)

California Apartment Association v. City of Mountain View, (Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. 16CV304253)

California Apartment Association v. City of Richmond, (Contra Costa County Superior Court Case No. MSC17-00005)





This meeting is being held in a wheelchair-accessible location. To request disability-related accommodation(s) to participate in the meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact Aimee Mueller at 981-4932 or 981-6903 (TDD) at least three business days before the meeting date. 

Please refrain from wearing scented products to this meeting.  

Home | Web Policy | Text-Only Site Map | Contact Us
Rent Stabilization Board, 2125 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: rent@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-7368
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903