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:
The full text of the CSFRA can be downloaded here.
Most multi-family rental properties built before December 23, 2016 are either fully or partially covered by the CSFRA.
If you like to check if your multi-family apartment complex is built before 1995, please click here.
The following rent adjustments have been approved by the Rental Housing Committee:
1. Annual General Adjustment ("AGA") 2018 of 3.6%: The Rental Housing Committee is charged with setting the rate that rents are allowed to be increased each year for existing tenancies in rent-stabilized units. On May 21, 2018, the Committee adopted an AGA rent increase for 2018 at 3.6%. This rent increase can be implemented from September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019.
2. 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 2.6% bankable increase may be applied by certain landlords under the following conditions:
Note 1: One rent increase per 12 months. Even if landlords decide to charge both rent increases mentioned above, the CSFRA still only allows one rent increase per twelve-month period to be imposed on a tenant.
Note 2: Mandatory language in Rent Increase Notice: 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 2018, 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 www.mountainview.gov/rentstabilization/forms.
Note 3: Template available: A template of an “Attachment to Notice of 2018 Annual General Adjustment and/or Banked Increase of Rent” is now available at www.mountainview.gov/rentstabilization/forms.
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 Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline at (650) 282-2514 or CSFRA@housing.org.
To facilitate proper implementation of the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act the Rental Housing Committee request that owners/managers of residential multi-family rental units located within the City of Mountain View complete this registration form online. Use one registration form for EACH separate Assessor's Parcel Number.
Agendas will be posted at least 72 hours in advance.
RHC meetings will be held on the following Mondays, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.
| The July 23,2018 has been CANCELED | August 27,2018 | September 24 | October 22 |
LANDLORD AND TENANT WORKSHOPS
Workshops are held every first and third Friday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Plaza Conference Room at City Hall, enabling both tenants and landlords to discuss specific questions regarding the petition process. You can also make an individual appointment with City staff to discuss your specific concerns by contacting Patricia.Black@mountainview.gov.
| July 6, 2018 | July 20, 2018 |
Click on the tabs below for answers related to frequently asked questions about the CSFRA. A PDF of the FAQs can also be downloaded here.