Rent Stabilization

 

Effective Immediately: Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (Measure V)

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Rental Housing Committee Meetings, Plaza Conference Rm, City Hall

Agendas will be posted at least 72 hours in advance.

                                                     Thursday June 8, 2017 at 7 pm

Monday June 19, 2017 at 7 pm

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On November 8, 2016, the residents of the City of Mountain View voted to adopt Measure V, also known as the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (“CSFRA”), to stabilize rents and provide just cause eviction protections for certain Rental Units in Mountain View.

Effective April 5, 2017, rent levels and rent increases for covered rental units, built before February 1, 1995 must comply with the CSFRA. Single family homes, condominiums, and duplexes are not covered by the CSFRA. If you like to check if your multi-family apartment complex is built before 1995, please click here.

Below are key provisions of the CSFRA. The full text of the CSFRA can be downloaded here: Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act

Key Provisions:

1.   Rent Rollback:

a. For tenancies commenced on or before Oct. 19, 2015, the allowable rent 

is the rent in effect on Oct.19, 2015, 

b. For tenancies commended after Oct. 19, 2015, the allowable rent

is the rent the tenant paid at the start of the tenancy.  

Tenants and Landlords may use this template (Espanol) (普通话) to communicate Base Rent under the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act. Please contact the Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline (650) 282-2514 for further information.

 2.   Allowable General Annual Rent Increases

In September of each year, including 2017, landlords may increase rents in an amount equal to the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over the prior year (as determined by the Rental Housing Committee). On May 22, 2017 the Rental Housing Committee announced that the annual general adjustment of rent for 2017 is 3.4%. This rent increase for covered units is allowed to take effect starting September 1, 2017. Landlords must provide tenants with at least 30 days' advance written notice of such rent increase. A rent increase is only allowed if landlords are in compliance with all provisions of the CSFRA.

 3. Initial Rent Levels and Rent Increases for New Tenants

Landlords may set the initial rents for new tenancies if the prior tenant voluntarily vacated the Rental Unit or was evicted for a just cause. After a tenant moves in, rent increases are limited to the annual general adjustment.

4. Eviction protections applicable to Covered and Non-Covered Rental  Units

Just cause is required for evictions from Rental Units with an initial certificate of occupancy prior to April 5, 2017. Just cause reasons include a tenant’s failure to meet the obligations of a rental agreement, non-payment of rent, and demolition of the unit or owner move-in, subject to limitations in the Law. Any notice to terminate a tenancy for just cause must state with specificity the basis of the termination. Certain just cause evictions require tenant relocation assistance and compliance with other provisions.  Please refer to the CSFRA for the full provisions.

Next Steps

The Rental Housing Committee was appointed at the April 18, 2017 City Council meeting. The Committee will establish further procedures for implementing the CSFRA in its meetings, including adoption of CSFRA rules & regulations, setting the process for submitting individual petitions for rent increases (landlords) and decreases (renters), and appointing Hearing Officers. Specific policy or legal questions related to the CSFRA, or issues about items not specifically identified in the CSFRA, will be considered by the Committee as part of the implementation process.

 

For tenant and landlord questions, please contact (Habla español):

Call: Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline at (650) 282-2514

Email: CSFRA@housing.org

Visit: Walk in office hours at City Hall

Public Works Front Conference Room (500 Castro Street)

each Thursday between 12-2 pm.  

 

Download a PDF of the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act

 

Resources:

Law Foundation Silicon Valley (Volunteer Eviction Assistance Collaborative) (408) 280-2424

Superior Court Self-Help Center: (408) 882-2926

California Dept. of Consumer Affairs Landlord-Tenant handbook:  http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/index.shtml 

Santa Clara County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service – (408) 971-6822  www.sccba.com 

Court Self-Help Website: http://www.scscourt.org/self_help/civil/ud/ud_resources.shtml

You can also receive automatic updates on the process by signing up at www.mountainview.gov/myMV and checking “Rent Stabilization Updates.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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