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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

 Full Agenda Packet (PDF Copy)

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
Regular Meeting

 Monday, May 21, 2018

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 (4:04)

AGENDA  

 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 – 2 min.*

3. Public Forum – 3 min. allotted per speaker*

4. CONSENT ITEMS – 1 min.*

a. Approval of the April 16th Regular Meeting minutes  

b. Approval of May 7th Special Meeting minutes  

5. ACTION ITEMS

a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation to schedule a Special Meeting of the Rent Board in early June 2018 to consider suggested amendments to the Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance (Executive Director) – 10 min.*

(2) Recommendation to adopt the proposed amendment to account for potential repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (Executive Director) – 20 min.*

(3) Recommendation to adopt the proposed amendment to update the definition of “New Construction” (Executive Director) – 20 min.*

(4) Recommendation to adopt the proposed amendment to clarify exemption of Accessory Dwelling Units (“ADUs”) (Executive Director) – 20 min.*

(5) Recommendation to adopt the proposed amendment to the “Golden Duplex” exemption (Executive Director) – 20 min.*

(6) Recommendation concerning developing a separate ballot measure enacting a reduced program fee for partially-exempt units (Executive Director) – 20 min.*

6. APPEAL – 7:30 p.m.** Case No. E-85 (1349 Neilson Street) – 30 min.*

** This appeal will not be heard before 7:30 p.m. but may be heard any time thereafter.

Landlord filed an appeal of a hearing decision denying exemption of the property, which was lawfully converted into a duplex in 1949. On appeal, Landlord argues that he has filed applications “to legalize the conversion of the unit back to single-family residence.” However, the Planning Department has already effectively denied that application, because Landlord cannot meet the legal requirements for issuing the permit. Therefore, the property will remain a duplex for the foreseeable future and the decision should be affirmed.

7. INFORMATION, ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS ARTICLES

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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on Online Registration – Verbal (Executive Director) – 3 min.*

(2) Owner Move-in Eviction Tracking Report (January 2015 – December 2017) (Executive Director & Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee) – 2 min.*

(3) Rent Board’s Tip of the Month for April 2018 – Subletting (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(4) Rent Board’s Tip of the Month for May 2018 – Security Deposits (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(5) Communication from Laura Woltag concerning Golden Duplexes (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(6) May 8, 2018 e-mail from the Asian Law Caucus titled, Justice for Oakland Chinatown Tenants (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*

(7)  April 12, 2018 NPR.org interview of Matthew Desmond by Terry Gross (and adapted for the Web by Bridget Bentz and Molly Seavy-Nesper) titled, “First-Ever Evictions Database Shows: ‘We’re In the Middle Of A Housing Crisis’” (Commissioner Poblet) – 1 min.* 
NOTE: The Web version of this interview was unprintable so it is not included in the agenda packet.  However, the link below is viable. 
https://www.npr.org/2018/04/12/601783346/first-ever-evictions-database-shows-were-in-the-middle-of-a-housing-crisis?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180412

(8) April 14, 2018 DW.com (Deutsche Welle) article by Elizabeth Schumacher titled, Thousands rally in Berlin over world-record property prices (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(9) April 15, 2018 Santa Cruz Sentinel opinion by Stephen Barton, Ph.D. titled, Stephen Barton: Why rent control is a good thing (Commissioner Chang) – 1 min.*

(10) May 1, 2018 SFGate article by Carolyn Said titled, Landlords turned 14 SF apartments into illegal Airbnbs, city attorney says (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(11) May 13, 2018 The Daily Californian article by Yao Huang titled, Ohmega Salvage to sell land rather than rent to Youth Spirit Artworks for tiny house village (Commissioner Tregub) – 1 min.*

8. COMMITTEE/BOARD MEETING UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

a. Budget and Personnel – 4 min.*

(1) April 30th agenda  

(2) May 21st agenda  

b. Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure – 2 min.

(1) May 4th agenda  

c. Habitable & Sustainable Housing (HASH) – 2 min.*

(1) May 17th agenda  

d. IRA, AGA and Registration – 2 min.

(1) May 3rd agenda  

e. Outreach – 2 min.*

(1) May 14th agenda  

f. 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing: City Council/Rent Board – 3 min.*

(1) April 30th agenda packet

g. 4 x 4 Ad Hoc Committee on Safety, Occupancy and Affordability of Converted Artist Warehouses and Workspaces – 1 min.*

h. Ad Hoc Committee on the Effects of Costa-Hawkins – 1 min.*

i. Ad Hoc Committee on Technology Issues – 1 min.*

j. 2 x 2 x 2 Committee on Housing: Council / Rent Board / BUSD – 1 min.*

k. Updates and Announcements regarding future Special Meetings – 2 min.*

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

9. ADJOURNMENT 

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