Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

Reduced Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last updated: September 24, 2020 

Consistent with Health and Shelter-in-Place Orders by the Berkeley Public Health Officer, the Rent Board office is currently closed to the public. However, we are still providing services remotely!


Housing Counselors are taking calls at (510) 981-7368 (RENT) during these hours:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 12:00 pm - 4:45 pm
If you call outside of counseling hours, please leave a message.  If you do not reach a counselor directly during counseling hours, it’s because they are assisting other callers.  Please leave a message.  All messages should include:
  • Your name
  • Your property address
  • A brief description of your issue
  • If you’ve received a Notice to Pay Rent or Quit or other eviction notice (we will prioritize your call)
You can also email your question to rent@cityofberkeley.info. Be sure to provide your address and unit number so we can give you the most accurate response.

All communications to our office will receive a response within 72 hours. We know this is a stressful time, and appreciate your patience and understanding as we respond to a high volume of inquiries.  
Petitions & Mediations

We are accepting new petitions and mediation requests, which can be submitted by mail or email. All meetings are conducted remotely, with parties attending by phone or video through an internet-enabled device. Counselors can help parties with related paperwork and preparation, but cannot provide legal advice.  Our Rent Board Petitions Infographic gives a short overview of the process. 

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Questions or comments? Email: rent@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-7368
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903