Rent Stabilization

Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (Measure V)

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On November 8, 2016, the residents of the City of Mountain View voted to adopt Measure V, also known as the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (“CSFRA”), to stabilize rents and provide just cause eviction protections for certain Rental Units in Mountain View. On September 11, 2017, the Rental Housing Committee has adopted a resolution, establishing December 23, 2016 as the effective date of the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act.

The full text of the CSFRA can be downloaded here: Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act

Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act Updates: Allowed Rent Increases

2018 AGA: The Rental Housing Committee of the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (“CSFRA”) is charged with setting the rate that rents are allowed to be increased each year for existing tenancies in rent-stabilized units, also known as the Annual General Adjustment (“AGA”). On May 21, 2018, the Committee adopted an allowed rent increase for 2018 at 3.6%. This rent increase can be implemented from September 1, 2018 onwards.

2.6% Bankable Increase:The Committee also adopted a bankable 2.6% rent increase for inflationary effects experienced prior to September 1, 2016.

This bankable increase may not be imposed to prior to the adoption of a formal tenant hardship process and may only be applied by Landlords for tenancies described below:

  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

Please note that the CSFRA only allows one rent increase per twelve-month period to be imposed on a tenant. 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 imposed 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.

By end of June a template form, “Notice of 2018 Annual General Adjustment and/or Banked Increase of Rent”, will be available on the City’s website. For more information, please contact the Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline at (650) 282-2514 or contact

Landlord Registration

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.

Rental Housing Committee Meetings

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.

Upcoming Meetings

  | June 18, 2018  | July 23,2018 | August 27,2018 |


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

Upcoming Workshops

 | June 1, 2018 | June 15, 2018 | 

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 one Annual General Adjustment ("AGA") rent increase, from September 1 of each year onward, with at least 30 days’ advance written notice.
    • 2018 AGA:In its meeting on May 21, 2018 the Rental Housing Committee set the allowable AGA for 2018 at 3.6%, effective September 1, 2018.
    • 2017 AGA: In its meeting on May 22, 2017 the Rental Housing Committee set the allowable AGA for 2017 at 3.4%, effective September 1, 2017.
  • 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.
  • Just Cause Eviction provisions 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 just cause 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.

If you like to check if your multi-family apartment complex is built before 1995, please click here.