Rent Stabilization

 

Effective Immediately: Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (Measure V)

(Spanish/Español)

  

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.

Effective April 5, 2017, rent levels and rent increases for covered rental units, built before February 1, 1995 must comply with the CSFRA. Single family homes, condominiums, and duplexes are not covered by the CSFRA. If you like to check if your multi-family apartment complex is built before 1995, please click here.

Below are key provisions of the CSFRA. The full text of the CSFRA can be downloaded here: Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act

Key Provisions:

1.   Rent Rollback:

a. The allowable rent for tenants who moved into a covered Rental Unit on or before Oct. 19, 2015 

is the rent in effect on Oct.19, 2015.

b. The allowable rent for tenants who moved into a covered Rental Unit after Oct. 19, 2015

is the rent charged upon the initial date of the tenancy.  

Tenants and Landlords may use this template  (Spanish/Espanol) to communicate Base Rent under the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act. Please contact the Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline (650) 282-2514 for further information.

 2.   Allowable General Annual Increases

In September of each year, including 2017, landlords may increase rents in an amount equal to the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over the prior year (as determined by the Rental Housing Committee). The Rental Housing Committee will announce this annual general adjustment by June 30th of each year. Landlords must provide tenants written notice of such rent increase as required by law.

 3. Initial Rent Levels and Rent Increases for New Tenants

Landlords may set the initial rents for new tenancies if the prior tenant voluntarily vacated the Rental Unit or was evicted for a just cause. After a tenant moves in, rent increases are limited to the annual general adjustment.

4. Eviction protections applicable to Covered and Non-Covered Rental  Units

Just cause is required for evictions from Rental Units with an initial certificate of occupancy prior to April 5, 2017. Just cause reasons include a tenant’s failure to meet the obligations of a rental agreement, non-payment of rent, and demolition of the unit or owner move-in, subject to limitations in the Law. Any notice to terminate a tenancy for just cause must state with specificity the basis of the termination. Certain just cause evictions require tenant relocation assistance and compliance with other provisions.  Please refer to the CSFRA for the full provisions.

Next Steps

The Rental Housing Committee is scheduled to be appointed at the April 18, 2017 City Council meeting. The Committee will establish further procedures for implementing the CSFRA, including adoption of the CSFRA rules & regulations, setting the process for submitting individual petitions for rent increases (landlords) and decreases (renters), and appointing Hearing Officers. Specific policy or legal questions related to the CSFRA, or issues about items not specifically identified in the CSFRA, will be considered by the Committee as part of the implementation process.

Workshops

You are invited to attend any of the following workshops to learn more about the CSFRA:

City Hall, Council Chambers, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

Tenant Workshops: Monday May 15, 2017 6-8 pm

Thursday May 25, 2017 6-8 pm

Landlord Workshops: Tuesday May 16, 2017 10 am-12 noon

Monday May 22, 2017 6-8 pm

 

For tenant and landlord questions, please contact (Habla español):

Call: Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline at (650) 282-2514

Email:  ehislop@housing.org

Visit: Walk in office hours at City Hall

Public Works Front Conference Room (500 Castro Street)

each Thursday between 12-2 pm.  

 

Download a PDF of the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act

 

Resources:

Law Foundation Silicon Valley (Volunteer Eviction Assistance Collaborative) (408) 280-2424

Superior Court Self-Help Center: (408) 882-2926

California Dept. of Consumer Affairs Landlord-Tenant handbook:  http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/index.shtml 

Santa Clara County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service – (408) 971-6822  www.sccba.com 

Court Self-Help Website: http://www.scscourt.org/self_help/civil/ud/ud_resources.shtml

You can also receive automatic updates on the process by signing up at www.mountainview.gov/myMV and checking “Rent Stabilization Updates.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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