The Rental Housing Committee wants to hear from both landlords and tenants as part of their decision-making process on potential regulations addressing rent concessions. Comments or written statements may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purpose of Stakeholder meeting
One of the stated purposes of the CSFRA and the MHRSO is to control excessive rent increases for rental units or space rent covered by the CSFRA and the MHRSO while ensuring landlords receive a fair and reasonable return on their investment.
Both the CSFRA and the MHRSO define Base Rent and restrict rent increases. The definitions from the CSFRA and the MHRSO are incorporated in Chapter 2 of the CSFRA and MHRSO Regulations. The Rental Housing Committee (RHC) is considering the adoption of amendments to Chapter 2 to clarify the definition (and calculation) of "Base Rent" as the term is used throughout the Regulations.
April 28, 2022: 10:30 AM, Stakeholder Meeting (Landlord focused)
April 28, 2022: 6 PM, Stakeholder Meeting (Tenant focused)
Register Here: https://mountainview.gov/rspwebinars
Recently, the RHC program administration received questions from both landlords and tenants about the calculation of Base Rent where the landlord has provided a rent concession or reduction during the initial term of the tenancy. During the pandemic especially, landlords provided prospective tenants with rent concessions including free rent for some months or reduced rent for the initial term of the tenancy. However, the CSFRA and the MHRSO definitions of Base Rent result in ambiguities about how to apply the Annual General Adjustment of rent in these situations and whether the initial reduced rent can be raised by an amount greater than the Annual General Adjustment. The RHC is seeking input from stakeholders on potential amendments to the Regulations implementing the CSFRA and the MHRSO to address the issues raised by rent concessions.
Statewide Eviction Moratorium Ends, Eviction Protections and Rent Relief Available
The Statewide Eviction Moratorium ended on September 30, 2021; however, help for both tenants and landlords is available. The City of Mountain View’s Eviction Help Center connects landlords and tenants in Mountain View with support services in effort to reduce evictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members can access information, receive 1:1 support, and connect with services provided by our community partners by attending Eviction Help Center Clinics, webinars and pop-up events.
The Eviction Help Center provides community members with the following wraparound support services:
View the 2022 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.)
The City of Mountain View's Rent Stabilization Program 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:
The full text of the CSFRA can be downloaded here
Most apartments with 3 or more units are covered by the CSFRA. Units provided or subsidized by the government are not covered.
Built before 1995
Built between 1995 and 2017
If you would like to check if your multi-family apartment complex is likely covered by the CSFRA, please click here.