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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Regular Meeting

 Monday, November 17, 2014
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

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1. Roll call – 7:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda  

3. Public Forum

4. Approval of the October 20th Regular Meeting minutes 

5. Appeal – 7:30 p.m.* – Appeal IRD-78 (3208 Ellis Street, Unit B)
    *This appeal will not be heard before 7:30 p.m. but may be heard any time thereafter.

6. Action Items

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to adopt Regulation 509 [Definition of New Construction for Legal Rental Units] – Second Reading (Executive Director & IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee)

(2) Recommendation to amend Regulation 1018 [Initial Rent Determinations] – First Reading (IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee)

(3) Discussion and recommendation to adopt Resolution 14-15 clarifying the purpose and application of Regulation 524 [Tenant in Occupancy] and Regulation 525 [Procedure for Challenging Tenant in Occupancy Status] (Executive Director & IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee)

(4) Discussion and recommendation to adopt proposed revisions to the Rent Board Meeting Procedures (Budget & Personnel Committee)

(5) Discussion and recommendation to adopt proposed revisions to the Rent Board Compensation Policy (Resolution 11-20) (Budget & Personnel Committee)

7. Information and Announcements

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Early notice of Annual General Adjustment (AGA) via e-mail (Executive Director)

(2) Notice of Apparent Lawful Rent Ceiling mailing to property owners (Executive Director)

(3) November 1, 2014 Rent Board presentation to the Berkeley Property Owners Association (Executive Director) – Verbal

(4) November 18, 2014 Council item: Replacing the Residential and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinances (B.M.C. Chapters 19.16 and 19.72) with a Building Energy Saving Ordinance (B.M.C. Chapter 19.81) (Executive Director)

(5) November 18, 2014 Council item: Condominium Conversion Program – Annual Report (Executive Director)

(6) November 9, 2014 open letter from Michael St. John to the Berkeley Rent Board (Executive Director)

(7) October 21, 2014 SPUR White Paper titled, “Non-Primary Residences and San Francisco’s Housing Market” (Chair Stephens)

(8) Announcement: Berkeley City Council will host a Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) Workshop on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers (Chair Stephens)

(9) October 21, 2014 SFGate article by Will Kane titled, “Oakland tenants say bully landlords taking advantage of market” (Executive Director)

(10) October 22, 2014 Inside Bay Area article by Matthew Artz titled, “Oakland: Tenant protection law passed” (Executive Director)

b. Updates and Announcements regarding Committee/Board Meetings

(1) Budget and Personnel

a. November 10th agenda

(2) Outreach

a. August 15th minutes

(3) IRA/AGA and Habitability

a. September 12th minutes

(4) Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure

(5) Safe & Sustainable Housing

a. November 13th agenda

(6) Waivers Committee

(7) 4 x 4 City Council/RSB Housing Committee

(8) Future Special Meetings

c. Discussion of items for possible placement on future agenda

8. CLOSED SESSION – The Board will convene in Closed Session pursuant to California Government Code Section 54957(b):

Title: Executive Director

9. Adjournment



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.

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