Rent Stabilization Program
Update: State Eviction Protections and Rent Relief
State eviction protections may end July 1, 2022 for tenants financially affected by COVID-19:
Some protections continue through June 30, 2022 for tenants with rent relief applications submitted by March 31, 2022. Click on the image to find out what to do if you receive a 3-day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit. (PDF in English, español, 中文, and Русский).
For information, contact the City of Mountain View at (650) 903-6136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Register here for virtual office hours - every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Rental Housing Committee Meetings
View the 2022 RHC meeting schedule here. Meeting dates and location are subject to change.
Upcoming RHC Meetings
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.)
The Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act
The City of Mountain View's Rent Stabilization Program 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:
- Stabilize rents
- Provide eviction protections
- 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 apartments with 3 or more units are covered by the CSFRA. Units provided or subsidized by the government are not covered.
Built before 1995
- Both rent stabilization and
eviction protections apply
Built between 1995 and 2017
- Only eviction protections
If you would like to check if your multi-family apartment complex is likely covered by the CSFRA, 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 initial rental rate charged upon initial occupancy. It is important to know that the term "initial rental rate" means only the amount of Rent actually paid by the Tenant for the initial term of the 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:
- 2022 AGA: 5.0%, effective September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2023.
- 2021 AGA: 2.0%, effective September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022.
- 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.
- 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.