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Tips for Understanding My Rent Ceiling Database Searches

The information contained in the Rent Board's database reflects the information that is reported to us.  The most common cause of an inaccurate rent ceiling for a unit is outdated information.  Read on for tips about how to understand your search results, why the information may be inaccurate, and how you can correct inaccuracies.     


  • All of the information provided is a matter of public record.
  • The following diagram explains the information in the search results.

Example ALRC Search Results


The most common causes of inaccurate information in our data base are:

  • A post-January 1,1996 tenancy was not reported;
  • A unit status change (e.g., rented, commercial, owner occupied) was not reported;
  • Rent charged was inaccurately reported; or
  • Data was inaccurately entered

To submit data corrections, please see the "How to Report Incorrect Data" section below.


For Landlords

For Tenants
If you have NOT registered a current tenancy, or if you registered a tenancy but reported inaccurate information, you need to file a Vacancy Registration Form with the Rent Board.  Click HERE to download the form.  If you are correcting information for a tenancy that is already registered, please communicate that when you submit the Vacancy Registration Form.
If the rent ceiling and/or the tenancy start date appears incorrect, the landlord may not have registered your tenancy. Click HERE to download a Vacancy Registration form.  Tenants must include a copy of their lease with the Vacancy Registration form.
If you wish to report a problem or an error, please notify the Rent Board by e-mail at rent@cityofberkeley.info OR contact a Rent Board Housing Counselor at (510) 981-RENT.   


Click on the button below to perform a unit search in My Rent Ceiling

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