The Rent Stabilization Board's mission is to protect against unwarranted rent increases and evictions and to provide a fair return to property owners. Here is how we can help you as a UC Berkeley Student:
- Know Your Rights & Responsibilities as a Landlord or Tenant
- Register Your Residential Rental Unit
- Check Your Unit’s Rent Ceiling
- Understand Lawful Rent Increases (including AGAs)
- Understand the Eviction Process in Berkeley
- File a Petition and Understand the Hearings Process
- Mediate Landlord-Tenant Issues
- Calculate Interest on Security Deposits
What is Rent Control? ... and How does it affect you?
In general, "rent control" refers to the regulation of the amount charged to tenants for their rental housing. Rent control in the City of Berkeley is governed by the Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance. This ordinance was passed by Berkeley voters in June of 1980 and it applies to most residential units in Berkeley.
How Does Rent Control Affect Me?
Property Owners (and managers) must register rented units, only evict tenants for good cause, and may only charge rents at or below the lawful rent ceiling. Owners may submit a petition to determine the status of a unit, adjust the individual rent in certain circumstances, or certify a rent ceiling.
Tenants should know their rights under the Ordinance, including their lawful rent ceiling, eviction protections and right to interest on their security deposit as stated in the Ordinance.
Realtors should know about Berkeley’s rental registration requirements, that foreclosure is NOT a good cause for eviction in Berkeley, and how to find the lawful rent ceiling for a given rental unit.
Prospective Buyers should always contact the Rent Stabilization Program in person, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 510.981.RENT (7368) to find out the registration status of a unit and/or property they are considering for purchase.
Mail or visit:
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
2125 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m. -- 4:45 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 p.m. (noon) -- 6:30 p.m.
** The Rent Stabilization Board is OPEN on City of Berkeley Reduced Service Days. **
(We are closed on all City-observed Holidays).