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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board


Virtually all of the 26,000 rental units in the City of Berkeley are covered by some portion of the Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance (the Ordinance).  There are over 19,000 rental units in Berkeley whose rents are currently regulated. Since January of 1999, landlords have had the right to set the initial rent for new tenancies, and then subsequent rent increases are limited by the Rent Board. This type of rent control is known as vacancy decontrol. In addition, with few exceptions, even Berkeley tenants who don't live in rent-controlled units are protected under the "Eviction for Good Cause" section of the Ordinance.

Is My Property Covered By Rent Control?
In most cases, all rented units in multi-family buildings are covered by rent control. Find out if your rental unit is covered

How Much Rent Can I Charge My Tenants?
Each rental unit covered by rent control has a rent ceiling, which is the maximum rent a landlord can charge for a particular unit. The rent ceiling limits the amount a landlord can increase the rent. You can look up your unit's rent ceiling online. 

Rental Unit Registration
Rented units that are under rent control must register with the Rent Board and pay an annual registration fee. For each new tenancy the owner must submit a Vacancy Registration Form

If you are a first-time user, we strongly recommend that you read our “Guide to Getting Started” and our “Frequently Asked Questions”.

Eviction Process
Almost all tenants in Berkeley have eviction protections, even those in newer buildings not covered by rent control - know your rights and responsibilities.    

Security Deposit Interest
The Ordinance requires landlords to pay interest on their security deposits both annually and at the end of a tenancy. Learn more about security deposits

Mediation & Petition Process
The Rent Board offers free mediation services to landlords and tenants who need help resolving residential tenancy-related matters. Landlords can also petition the Rent Board and receive a hearing and a legal determination on several matters including, but not limited to individual rent adjustments, exempt status, and occupancy status. For more information visit the petition process page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 



Annual General Adjustment (AGA) 

  Security Deposit Information   

My Rent Ceiling

Learn About Evictions

Landlord's Toolkit

The following tools will help rental property owners locate resources and information to help navigate Rent Board regulations and deal with various rental property issues:

For questions or additional information related to owning or managing rental property in Berkeley, please contact a Rent Board Housing Counselor by e-mail at or by calling 510-981-RENT (7368).

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Rent Stabilization Board, 2125 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: Phone: (510) 981-7368
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
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