Rent Stabilization Program

URGENT UPDATE: STATEWIDE EVICTION MORATORUM DUE TO COVID-19 Pandemic EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

On August 31, the State of California enacted the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief Act (AB 3088). AB 3088’s Tenant Relief Act creates eviction protections for tenants experiencing COVID-19 financial hardship effective immediately. This new State law supersedes the City of Mountain View's residential eviction moratorium. Tenants are protected by, and must follow, the State’s requirements and not the City’s, including the eviction moratorium extension just approved by Council on August 25, 2020.

For more information regarding the temporary eviction moratorium, visit the City's Eviction Relief webpage, call the Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline at (650) 282-2514 or email csfra@housing.org.

ASSISTANCE FOR TENANTS

Click here to go to COVID-19 Rent Relief Information (and other relief resources) 

Rent Stabilization Program Service Changes due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

Dear City of Mountain View Community:

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, and in an effort to reduce the spread and exposure of the virus to staff and the public, the Rent Stabilization Program will be implementing an augmented service plan beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Our office will remain open, but we are limiting in-person services until further notice.

While ensuring the continuity of services, the health and safety of the Rent Stabilization Program staff, their families, and the public we interact with, is paramount and thus the following changes in services will be effective at least until December 31, 2020:

  • Rental Housing Committee meetings will be held remotely, please check back for more information. The next meeting is scheduled for September 21, 2020.    
  • No in-person appointments or walk-ins will be offered during this augmented service period. Staff members will remain available to assist members of the public by phone (650) 282-2514 and email csfra@housing.org during normal Rent Stabilization Program office hours (Monday - Friday, 9 AM-5 PM)
  • All scheduled in-person appointments will be rescheduled as phone or webinar (Zoom) appointments
  • All pending Rent Adjustment Petition hearings and all mediations will be processed and held remotely via phone and/or webinar (Zoom)   
  • All workshops and clinics will be held via webinar until after the emergency declaration is lifted. Please check back for more information.

Please visit our website to stay updated on service changes and modifications to programming.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. While we remain dedicated to the Mountain View community, the safety of our staff and the public are priority. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. For further information about the Coronavirus and/or COVID-19, please see the California Department of Public Health Guidelines.

Sincerely,

 

City of Mountain View Rent Stabilization Program
(650) 282-2514
mountainview.gov /rentstabilization
csfra@housing.org

 

UPDATE: Landlord Registration

On June 29, 2020 the Rental Housing Committee adopted mandatory registration for CSFRA covered units. Registration is due February 1st of each year, with a grace period of March 1st for 2021. Complete the registration form online at mvrent.mountainview.gov.

Owners/ Managers can:

  1. Register Rental Properties
  2. File for Rental Housing Fee Exemptions
  3. Manage Required Information
    • Owner/Manager Contact Information
    • New Tenancy Information
    • Tenant Turnover Information
  4. Submit Required Notices
    • Termination Notices
    • Banked Rent Increase Notices
    • Voluntary Tenant Buyout Information

Online Registration User Guide

Landlord workshops will be provided later this year to assist landlords/managers with these registration requirements.

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:
    • 2020 AGA: 2.9%, effective September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021.
    • 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% (MUST HAVE BEEN APPLIED and CHARGED AS BANKED INCREASE BEFORE OR ON AUGUST 31, 2020): 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. 

    The RHC Meeting scheduled for Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. is CANCELED. The next RHC Meeting is scheduled for December 14, 2020.

    Members of the Public wishing to participate or watch the meeting or provide public comment may do so by registering here.

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

    View the 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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