Rent is specifically defined by the law.
"All periodic payments and all nonmonetary consideration including, but not limited to, the fair market value of goods, labor performed or services rendered to or for the benefit of the Landlord under a Rental Housing Agreement concerning the use or occupancy of a Rental Unit and premises and attendant Housing Services, including all payment and consideration demanded or paid for parking, Utility Charges, pets, furniture, and/or subletting." (CSFRA 1702(p))
Rent increases are limited.
Each year, the RHC sets the Annual General Adjustment (AGA) for existing tenancies of CSFRA covered rental units. The AGA is the annually allowed rent increase rate that may be implemented by property owners from September 1 through August 31. If no increase is given during that time period, property owners may bank the increase and apply it during a subsequent year in conjunction with the new AGA. Banked increases are subject to additional noticing requirements as well as Tenant Hardship Petitions. See below to learn more about banked AGAs.
The RHC approved the following rent adjustments:
Landlords are required to distribute a CSFRA Information Sheet to tenants that describes the CSFRA and provides information for the Rent Stabilization Program at the start of a new tenancy and with each notice of rent increase. The Information Sheet can be downloaded here.
Prior to a rent increase, a landlord must provide at least thirty days’ advanced written notice in the manner prescribed by law. If a landlord does not use any of the allowed rent increases in part or in whole, the remaining amount may be “banked” for future use. If a landlord decides to impose any of the previously banked rent increases and as a consequence the total rent increase exceeds the Annual General Adjustment (AGA) for 2020, the landlord must include in its written notice to tenant, mandatory language as stipulated in Chapter 7 of the Regulations. Also a copy of each Rent Increase Notice containing a previously Banked rent increase, must be filed with the City at mvrent.mountainview.gov
If any previously Banked Rent Increase is being charged, a tenant may file an Undue Hardship Petition under any of the following conditions:
For more information about petitions or the hardship process, contact the Rent Stabilization Program at (650) 903-6149 or MVRent@mountainview.gov.