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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

COVID-19 Tenant & Landlord Resources

 This is an evolving situation with measures being taken at the state, county, and local levels, and rapidly changing information. This page was last updated:  July 21, 2020.
  Items with new or updated information are noted.

TENANTS, can't pay rent due COVID-19?  You have protections, but you MUST TAKE ACTION.  In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Governor and the Berkeley City Council have taken important steps to protect many tenants from eviction. To protect public health and prevent further transmission of COVID-19 by avoiding unnecessary displacement and homelessness, the Berkeley City Council passed the COVID-19 Emergency Response Ordinance (Berkeley Municipal Code 13.110) on March 17, 2020 which specifically applies to Berkeley tenants. This Ordinance places a moratorium -- or a temporary freeze -- on residential evictions for failure to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19 during the local state of emergency period, and on no-fault evictions other than Ellis Act evictions.  On May 26, 2020, the Berkeley City Council made important amendments, effective immediately, to the Emergency Response Ordinance to expand tenant protections.  The amended Ordinance is linked below.   

If you receive a 3-Day Notice or an Eviction Notice, you should contact our office immediately via email at or by calling (510) 981-7368 (RENT).

New! July 15, 2020, Rental Housing & COVID-19 Webinar Power Point   Webinar Video

New! On June 30, the City Council adopted ordinance No. 7,720-N.S. to allow tenants to terminate leases early without incurring any penalties in the event of a COVID-19 related reasons for delayed payment of rent, or where the tenants are students at an academic institution that has cancelled or limited in-person classes. Tenants may negotiate the terms of early termination of their leases. This right to terminate a lease early does not eliminate any liability that may exist under state law, particularly Civil Code Section 1951.2.  Landlords and tenants with questions can contact a Rent Board housing counselor at, or (510) 981-7368 (RENT).  Tenants with questions about their rights under local law may also contact the East Bay Community Law Center at (510) 548-4040 ext. 629.  Finally, currently registered Cal students can also contact Student Legal Services with questions.

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