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If you’re unsure whether you need forms for fully covered unit registration, or Measure MM registration for partially covered units, you may wish to review the Registration overview page.  

Registration Forms for Fully Covered/Rent-controlled Units

■  Vacancy Registration Form (VR Form)
This form must be filed within 15 days after the start of a completely new tenancy, or after the last original occupants have departed.

     ►  For Tenancies Starting ON or AFTER January 1, 1999

     ►   For Tenancies Starting PRIOR to January 1, 1999   

■   Amended Registration Statement (ARS) 
Change of ownership, mailing address, or status of a previously registered 

■   Initial Registration Statement 
r units that have NEVER been registered with the Berkeley Rent Board. If you are using this form to register a rental unit, you must ALSO file a Vacancy Registration form.

■  Living Trust Declaration for Owner-Occupancy Exemption

Measure MM Registration Forms for Partially Covered Units

■  Registration Statement for Partially Covered Units
To register a Measure MM unit that has never been registered with the Rent Board, change the status of a unit, claim an exemption, or report a change of ownership/mailing address. If you are using this form to register a Measure MM unit for the first time, you must ALSO file a Tenancy Registration Statement.

■  Tenancy Registration Statement for Partially Covered Units
To report initial tenancy information and annual updates.

General Use Registration Forms

■  Request for Waiver of Late Registration Penalties

■  Pass-Through Form and Instructions  

■  Information about Registration  


Frequently Requested  Registration Forms for Fully Covered Units

Vacancy Registration (VR) Form

 Amended Registration (ARS) Form  


■  Information about the Petition Process

■  Petition Forms   


■  Request for Certificate of Permissible Rent Level / Request for Advisory Determination Form  
    To confirm a rent-controlled unit's maximum lawful rent ceiling.

■  Berkeley Rent Board's Administrative Fee Schedule (Resolution 17-04) 

■  Request for Duplication of Rent Board Records (Hard-copy or Digital)   


Owner Move-In Forms & Documents
OMI Packet

Landlord form:

■  Deposit of Owner Move-In Relocation Benefits and Challenge of Eligibility to Receive Benefits

Tenant forms:

■  Notice of Eligibility for Additional Relocation Assistance   

■  Notice of Interest in Renewing Tenancy

For more information visit the Owner/Family Move-In Information page. 

Ellis Ordinance Forms & Documents 

■  Ellis Ordinance Packet

For more information about removing property from the rental market visit the Ellis Ordinance Information page 


■  Information for Payment of Rent and Information for Services of Process, Notices and Demands

■  Lease Addendum for a future Costa-Hawkins increase after the last original tenant leaves.

■  Lease Addendum Prohibiting Smoking (Information on Smoking Prohibition)

■  Letter Notifying Tenant of Right to a WalkThrough Inspection

■  Letter Informing Tenants of the Result of a WalkThrough Inspection

■  Letter Providing 30-day Notice of Intent to Vacate Unit 

■  Letter Notifying Landlord of New Address for Return of Security Deposit

■  Letter to Landlord if Security Deposit is Not Returned Within 21 Days of Last Original Tenant Vacating Unit

■  Move-in/Move-out Checklist 

■  Notice of Rent Increase (30 days/90 Days) for the Annual General Adjustment
    En Español: Aviso de Aumento de Renta para el AGA de 2021

■  Tenant Buyout Agreement Disclosure Form and Ordinance Information  


Questions? Contact a Housing Counselor at 510-981-7368 (RENT) or at rent@cityofberkeley.info.  

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