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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

 Full Agenda Packet  (PDF Copy)

Regular Meeting

 Monday, October 15, 2018

    7:00 p.m. 

Berkeley City College
Auditorium, Basement Level
2050 Center Street, Downtown Berkeley

Broadcast Live – KPFB – 89.3 
(N. Berkeley) and BTV Cable Channel 33

Video Archive (1:10)


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*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. Special Order of Business: Honorary Resolution for Chanée Franklin Minor, former Division Manager of the Rent Board’s Public Information and Registration Units Distributed at the meeting

5. CONSENT ITEMS – 1 min.*

a. Approval of the September 17th meeting minutes  

b. Recommendation to adopt proposed amendments to Regulation 608 [Emergency Regulations and Orders of Repeal] – Second reading (IRA/AGA/Habitability Committee & Executive Director)


a. From Board Members, Executive Director and Committees

(1) Recommendation that the Board adopt Resolution 18-20 confirming the 2019 Annual General Adjustment (AGA) of 2.5% and ordering that the 2019 AGA be published as Regulation 1141 (IRA/AGA/Registration Committee and Executive
Director) – 5 min.*

(2) Recommendation that the Board adopt Resolution 18-21 to publish that the relocation assistance payments set forth in Berkeley Municipal Code sections 13.76.130.A.9.g. (Owner Move-In) and 13.77.055.A (Ellis Act) shall increase by 3.9% effective January 1, 2019 (IRA/AGA/Registration Committee and Executive Director) – 10 min.*

(3) Recommendation to schedule a Special Meeting of the Rent Board prior to the regularly-scheduled November Board meeting (Executive Director) – 5 min.*

(4) Request that the staff publish on the Rent Board’s website compiled research on the effects/impacts of vacancy decontrol in lieu of holding a workshop as previously requested by the Board (Vice-Chair Laverde and Executive Director) – 10 min.*

(5) Proposal to approve staff recommendations on the following requests for Ministerial and Discretionary waivers, as well as $294,194 in 60-Day waivers of late registration penalties (Executive Director) – 15 min.*

 Ministerial Waivers

 Waiver No.     Property Address

4728                 1907 Parker Street
4729                 1818 Alcatraz Avenue
4743                 1529 Tyler Street
4744                 2433 Warring Street
4751                 1712 10th Street

Discretionary Waivers

Waiver No. Property Address

4731             1113 Cowper Street
4733             3411 Adeline Street
4735             2533 Chilton Way
4742             1808 Prince Street
4747             1141 Hearst Avenue
4756             1737 Addison Street

Waiver            Number of        Amount         Amount
Percentage     Properties         Waived          Collected

100%                    145                   $177,750        $0
90%                      102                     $84,279         $9,364
75%                        43                     $27,376         $9,390
55%                        18                       $4,588         $3,757
30%                          3                          $201            $469

TOTAL                           311                   $294,194        $22,980


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

a. Reports from Board Members/Staff

(1) Update on the Rent Board Staffing Model – Verbal (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(2) Commissioner attendance at Board and Committee Meetings through September 30, 2018 (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(3) Short-term Rental applications update (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(4) Rent Board postcard to Berkeley property owners regarding registering new tenancies (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(5) Rent Board Tenants’ Rights Workshop postcard sent to units with tenancies that began on/after January 1, 2018 (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(6) Rent Board’s Fall Newsletter to all Berkeley property owners and tenants (Executive Director) – 3 min.*

(7) Update on recent Rent Board outreach eventsVerbal (Executive Director) – 2 min.*

(8) Rent Board “Tip of the Month” for October 2018 – Earthquake Preparedness" (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(9) 2018 Haas Institute Policy Brief titled, “Opening the Door for Rent Control: Toward a Comprehensive Approach to Protecting California’s Renters” by Nicole Montojo, Stephen Barton, and Eli Moore (Executive Director) – 1 min.*  

(10) September 2018 report by the California Budget & Policy Center titled, “New Census Figures Show That California Has 7.5 Million Residents Living in Poverty – More Than Any Other State” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(11) October 2018 study by the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy by Alisa Belinkoff Katz titled, “People Are Simply Unable to Pay the Rent – What History Tells Us About Rent Control in Los Angeles" (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(12) October 2018 study by the USC Dornsife Program for Environmental and Regional Equity by Manuel Pastor, Ph.D, Vanessa Carter, MA, and Maya Abood, MA, titled, “Rent Matters: What are the Impacts of Rent Stabilization Measures?” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(13) September 19, 2018 SFChronicle.com article by Kimberly Veklerov titled, “Housing prices are resegregating the Bay Area, UC Berkeley study finds” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(14) September 27, 2018 East Bay Times.com article by Katy Murphy titled, “Rent control: What we can learn from Berkeley and Santa Monica” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(15) September 30, 2018 SFGate.com article by Otis R. Taylor Jr. titled, “So, you got an eviction notice and have a few weeks to find an apartment …” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*

(16) October 5, 2018 Chicago Reader.com article by Maya Dukmasova titled, “Landlords for rent control? You heard that right” (Executive Director) – 1 min.*


a. Budget and Personnel – 2 min.*

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

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

d. IRA, AGA and Registration – 4 min.

(1) October 9th agenda  

e. Outreach – 4 min.*

(1) October 15th agenda  

f. 4 x 4 Joint Committee on Housing: City Council/Rent Board – 1 min.*

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.*


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