Rent Stabilization Board
2125 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
TEL: (510) 981-7368, TDD: (510) 981-6903, FAX: (510) 981-4910
Office Hours: M,Tu,Th,F 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Wed 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Email:


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Welcome to the Rent Stabilization Board site at the City of Berkeley, CA. [more...]

SPECIAL RENT BOARD OFFICE HOURS - JULY 1ST  - The Rent Board Office will be open for extended hours on Wednesday, July 1st. As a service to property owners, we will open earlier at 9 a.m. and remain open until 6:30 p.m. to receive registration payments. [more...]

July 13th:  Rent Stabilization Board Special Meeting - Mon., 7/13 @ 7pm [more...]

July 10th: Free Counseling at North Senior Center - Fri., 7/10, 11:30am-1:30pm [more...]

FY 2015-2016 REGISTRATION INFORMATION  - ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE OF $213 PER UNIT IS DUE WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015.  At a regularly-scheduled meeting held on May 11, 2015, following a public hearing held on May 4, 2015, the City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board adopted Resolution 15-01 setting the annual fiscal year 2015/16 registration fee at $213 per unit effective July 1, 2015.  This is the first increase in the registration fee since 2009  and is less than the increase in inflation since that year.  The Board also adopted Resolution 15-02 giving authorization to directly pass through to certain tenants a portion of 2015’s registration fee, not already included as a part of previous Annual General Adjustments, as a temporary general adjustment of rent ceilings, by up to $6 per month.  Rent Board staff were also asked to develop a mechanism that allows low-income tenants (at 40% of Area Median Income) to be reimbursed for any pass-through. [more...]

TENANT ELIGIBILITY FOR $6 REGISTRATION FEE PASS-THROUGH REIMBURSEMENT 2015 - The Rent Stabilization Board approved Resolution 15-02 which authorized landlords to pass through a portion of this year’s fee for tenancies that commenced prior to January 1, 1999.  [more...]

RENTING IN BERKELEY 101:  A GUIDE FOR CAL STUDENTS  - What is rent control?  Is your unit covered?  And what does that mean for you?  For answers to these important questions – and more – take a look at our Guide and find out what the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Program can do for you!  To access the Guide, click here. You can also access the Guide by clicking on the “Students: Renting 101” link on the left menu bar of our Home Page.  [more...]

2015 ANNUAL GENERAL ADJUSTMENT - At its regular meeting on October 20, 2014, the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board adopted the Annual General Adjustment (AGA) Order for Year 2015 which will allow eligible landlords to increase the 2014 permanent rent ceilings by 2.0%. The 2015 AGA of 2.0% represents 65% of the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers in the Bay Area during the period from July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014, which was 3.0% as posted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 65% of CPI formula was approved by the voters in the November 2004 general municipal election. [more...]

SECURITY DEPOSIT INTEREST INFORMATION and CALCULATOR - Attention Tenants and Property Owners:  Property owners must use the "Berkeley Bank Rate" when calculating the amount of security deposit interest to return to tenants. Property owners are no longer required to provide evidence that deposit funds are kept in Berkeley banks. The interest rate to be paid in December 2014 for security deposits held from November 1, 2013 through October 31, 2014 is 0.1%.

The interest rate for all June 2015 move-outs is 0.1%.  The interest rate for a December 2014 annual return of Security Deposit Interest: 0.1%.    [more...]

CHECK RENTAL UNIT STATUS AND RENT CEILING - Go to the Rent Ceiling Search page.  Check your rental unit's reported current rent ceiling, registration status, and basic tenancy information and report inaccuracies to Rent Board staff.  [more...]

QUARTERLY MEDIAN RENT, VACANCY REGISTRATION AND OTHER RESEARCH REPORTS - Current quarterly median rent and vacancy registration summaries, as well as other research reports are now available through the Research Reports page. [more...]

CONTACT A HOUSING COUNSELOR - Rent Stabilization Board Housing Counselors provide information to tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities under the Berkeley Rent Ordinance and California Rental Housing Law. To contact a Housing Counselor by e-mail, please send an e-mail to:  [more...]

FREE MEDIATION SERVICES - Are you a tenant or a landlord of a Berkeley residence? Embroiled in a landlord-tenant dispute? Want the help of a neutral third party in resolving this problem?  Interested in exploring whether a free, quick, non-adversarial and informal process would work for you? The City of Berkeley's Rent Stabilization Program offers a no-cost mediation service that can be an effective and efficient way to resolve disputes. [more...]

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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
TTY: (510) 981-6903