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UPDATE: 2019 COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

The Mountain View Rent Stabilization Program hosts workshops to increase community awareness and understanding of the rental protections in Mountain View. The final two workshops for 2019 have changed! See new topics below!

November 14: Addressing Challenging Living Situations (Now Open to All!): In this interactive workshop, community members learn tools to communicate more effectively with their landlords, tenants and/or roommates.

December 12 (NEW TOPIC!!!): Statewide Rent Stabilization and Just Cause Eviction Protections: Governor Newsom recently signed AB 1482: The Tenant Protection Act of 2019, which expands rent stabilization and just cause eviction protections statewide. Come to this workshop to learn more about the new law and how it impacts the Mountain View community.

All 2019 workshops start at 6:30 p.m. and are held in the Plaza Conference Room at the Mountain View City Hall (500 Castro Street, 2nd Floor)

*Translation services are available. Se habla espanol.

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 mvrent.mountainview.gov.

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 with 3 or more units are covered by the CSFRA. Units provided or subsidized by the government are not covered.

Fully Covered

Built before 1995

  • Both rent stabilization and
    eviction protections apply

Partially Covered

Built between 1995 and 2017

  • Only eviction protections
    apply

 

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:
    • 2019 AGA: 3.5%, effective September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020.
    • 2018 AGA: 3.6%, effective September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019.
    • 2017 AGA: 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:

          |   December 9, 2019   |   January 13, 2020    |

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

    View the 2019 and full 2020 RHC meeting schedule here. Meeting dates and location are subject to change.

    Agendas

    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.)



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