Rent Stabilization



Update: Required Information Sheet for New Leases and Rent Increases

The Rental Housing Committee has adopted new noticing requirements for covered rental units. At the start of a new tenancy and with each notice of increase of rent, landlords are required to distribute a CSFRA Information Sheet to tenants that describes the CSFRA and provides information for the Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline. The Information Sheet can be downloaded here.

UPDATE: Landlord Registration

To facilitate proper implementation of the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act the Rental Housing Committee request that property owners/managers of residential multi-family rental units located within the City of Mountain View complete the registration form online at

Owners/ Mangers can:

  1. Register Rental Properties
  2. Manage Multiple Properties
  3. Review Registration Status
  4. Apply for Rental Housing Fee Exemptions

The Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act

The City of Mountain View implements the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (CSFRA), a voter approved measure (Measure V, 2016), to stabilize the community by reducing rental housing turnover in certain rental units. Program staff work with tenants and landlords to achieve the three main goals of the CSFRA:

  1. Stabilize rents
  2. Provide eviction protections
  3. Ensure a fair rate of return on investment for landlords

The full text of the CSFRA can be downloaded here

What units are covered?

Most multi-family rental properties built before December 23, 2016 are either fully or partially covered by the CSFRA.

Fully Covered

Both rent stabilization and
eviction protections apply

  • Built before 1995
  • 3 or more units
  • Not a government or subsidized rental unit

Partially Covered

Eviction protections

  • Built between 1995 and 2017
  • 3 or more units
  • Not a government or subsidized rental unit


If you like to check if your multi-family apartment complex is built before 1995, please click here.

Key Provisions of the CSFRA

  • Rent levels and rent increases for Covered Rental Units, built before February 1, 1995, must comply with all provisions of the CSFRA.
  • Covered Rental Units must roll back rents to the Base Rent (the rent in effect on October 19, 2015) as per December 23, 2016. For tenancies starting after October 19, 2015, the Base Rent is the rent initially paid by the tenant upon start of tenancy.
  • Landlords may apply only one rent increase per 12 months as set by the RHC. The allowed increase is called the Annual General Adjustment (AGA). The following AGAs have been approved by the RHC, with at least 30 days advance written notice:
    • 2018 AGA: In its meeting on May 21, 2018 the Rental Housing Committee set the allowable AGA for 2018 at 3.6%, effective September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019.
    • 2017 AGA: In its meeting on May 22, 2017 the Rental Housing Committee set the allowable AGA for 2017 at 3.4%, effective September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018.
    • Bankable Increase of 2.6%: A bankable rent increase of 2.6% was also adopted for inflationary effects experienced prior to September 1, 2016. This bankable increase may be applied by certain landlords under the following conditions:
      1. Landlord must have continuously owned the property since October 19, 2015; and
      2. Current tenant must have continuously resided in the unit since October 19, 2015; and
      3. No rent increase may have been imposed for that unit between October 19, 2015 and December 23, 2016; and
      4. Landlord must be in full compliance with the CSFRA
    • Initial rent for new tenancies can be set at market rate. After the new tenancy begins, rents can only be increased in accordance with the CSFRA.
    • Eviction protections in the CSFRA are applicable for all Covered Rental Units built before December 23, 2016. Tenancies can only be terminated for any nine of the conditions mentioned in the CSFRA. Landlords are required to file copies of termination notices to the Rental Housing Committee. COPIES OF TERMINATION NOTICES MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE.

    Rental Housing Committee Meetings

    RHC Meetings will be held on the following Mondays at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall:

          |   May 6, 2019   |   June 3, 2019   |

    Council Chambers
    City Hall, 2nd Floor
    500 Castro St.
    Mountain View, CA 94041

    View the full 2019 RHC meeting schedule here. Meeting dates and location are subject to change.


    Agendas will be posted at least 72 hours in advance
    (You may also view the Current Agenda on the bulletin board by the front doors of City Hall at 500 Castro Street.)