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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 May 3, 2020:

  • The Rental Housing Committee meeting scheduled for March 30, 2020 has been canceled
  • 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 appointments
  • All pending Rent Adjustment Petition hearings and all mediations will be postponed and rescheduled for after the augmented service period
  • All workshops and clinics will be postponed until after the emergency declaration is lifted

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

 

Per guidelines issued by the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, all Rent Stabilization Programs events have been cancelled or postponed through at least May 3. For resources and information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the City of Mountain View resource page.

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

Online Registration User Guide

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:

    March 30, 2020 (CANCELED)    |    May 4, 2020

    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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