Since 2008, I’ve had the privilege and responsibility of looking out for every Berkeley tenant and landlord while serving on the Berkeley Rent Board. Doing so has provided me a unique look at the skyrocketing cost of housing, the lack of affordable rental units, and the many other difficulties of Berkeley’s challenging housing market.
The new rules also make it clear that owners of multi-unit apartment buildings cannot rent their apartments for less than 14 days.
The Berkeley political jostling has begun, even though elections will, of course, only be held in November.
This is the first story in a Berkeleyside series on housing. Read the second story on rental rate increases here.
The Berkeley City Council took its first steps Tuesday to prioritize which community benefits it will require from developers, and affordable housing and local union jobs were the top priorities.