Rents are on a downward trajectory in Berkeley and Oakland, but many residents still struggle with affordability.
The city could pull in an estimated $800,000 in new taxes on short-term rental units by the end of June, aided in part by an agreement with Airbnb to help collect that money.
Assembly Bill AB 1506 ( which has been withdrawn) was sponsored by Assembly persons from Santa Monica. This article was written before it was withdrawn but I thought the information would be useful to those interested in the effects of rent control without Costa Hawkins.
New data shows that Berkeley has the eighth-highest rent of 30 Bay Area cities, and with insufficient new housing, there's no sign it's going anywhere but up.
The Rent Stabilization Board says the number of owner move-in eviction notices more than doubled between July 2013 and June 2016, compared to July 2010 to June 2013.
Marìa Poblet will serve out the rest of former Commissioner Katherine Harr's term, until Nov. 20, 2018.
Accruing revenue for Berkeley's Housing Trust Fund and working with nonprofit developers to build below market-rate units is one of the best ways to support low-income residents.
Katherine Harr's resignation leaves a vacancy on the Rent Board. There may be a flurry of applicants as the board can be a stepping stone to the City Council.
The choices range from brand new apartments to small bungalows — either way, observers say the Berkeley rental market is showing signs of softening.
Six candidates are vying for four open seats on Berkeley’s Rent Stabilization Board, in a race that has seen one slate of decidedly pro-tenant candidates boast numerous endorsements and a large war chest, while their landlord-leaning opponents lag — both in terms of endorsements and cash.
As a presidential campaign colored by controversy inches ever closer, local races and campaigns struggle to be heard amid the cacophony. But Berkeley’s ballot is packed with measures that will determine the near-future of the city’s infrastructure, affordable housing stock, education budget, and campaign finance system.
Berkeleyside wants to help you get to know your 2016 candidates for all the local races. Our final installment of questionnaires with the candidates follows, and this edition is focused on the Rent Stabilization Board.
Name: Leah Simon-Weisberg