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Berkeley Landlords May Not Ask Tenants About Criminal Records on Applications

Beginning in 2020, Berkeley tenants do not have to disclose criminal records on initial rental applications. The Berkeley Fair Chance Housing law, also known as Ban the Box housing or the Ronald V. Dellums Fair Chance Access to Housing & Public Health & Safety Ordinance, bans the box for Berkeley ...

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Owner Move-In Evictions Under the Berkeley Rent Ordinance

Under the Berkeley Rent Ordinance, landlords are permitted to terminate a tenancy to perform an owner move-in eviction or relative move-in eviction, which requires the owner or relative to reside in the unit as their principal residence following the eviction.  Despite being a lawful good cause eviction reason, the owner, ...

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Berkeley Tenants Now Have Ban the Box Rights in Housing

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the Berkeley City Council banned criminal background checks in nearly all rental housing units. The Berkeley Fair Chance Housing Ordinance prohibits landlords from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants and bans the box by prohibiting landlords from asking about applicant criminal history on rental ...

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Berkeley Security Deposit Interest

Astanehe Law's Berkeley Security Deposit Interest

The Berkeley Rent Ordinance requires landlords to pay tenants interest on their security deposits.  Berkeley Municipal Code § 13.76.070.  Most Berkeley tenants can expect a security deposit payment every December.  The Berkeley Security Deposit Interest law applies to nearly all residential tenancies in Berkeley, even tenants not covered by Berkeley ...

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Berkeley Rent Control

The Berkeley Rent Ordinance’s rent control protections (“Berkeley Rent Control”) keep Berkeley tenants housed by limiting rent increases to reasonable amounts.  For units protected by Berkeley Rent Control, the landlord is limited to annual increases set by the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board. The Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board refers to these annual ...

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Berkeley Rent Board Increases Berkeley Rent Ordinance Relocation Payments for Berkeley Tenants in 2020

Effective January 1, 2020, the Berkeley Rent Board increased relocation assistance payments given to Berkeley tenants, where a landlord performs an owner move-in or Ellis Act evictions. The 3.2% increase set Berkeley Rent Ordinance relocation payments at: For Berkeley owner move-in evictions, Berkeley tenants are entitled to a $16,084 relocation ...

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