The Rent Board wants voters to adopt those and other changes to the rent control ordinance. The City Council must decide whether to put the changes on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The new “urgency ordinance” immediately expands Berkeley’s eviction moratorium, matching county rules.
Jay Kelekian is retiring in the middle of an investigation that appears to be examining alleged harassment of an employee.
The proposed changes to the rent control ordinance would take away an exemption first allowed 40 years ago.
The four-story apartment complex on Walnut Street sits on land that might become part of a new 850-bed student housing project known as the Gateway.
While the local housing market slumbers, some buyers will try to land a better deal. But the whole process of buying, and selling, has been transformed.
Eviction moratoriums provide some temporary relief for tenants who can’t pay rent. But everyone from those renters to corporate landlords are still feeling worried about the future.
The building would be part of a complex that could house as many as 1,200 students and 125 community members who need supportive housing. Cal is seeking public comment through April 27.
The lab is under construction in a Second Street warehouse. It will open in June.
Critics say the university should postpone plans until the COVID-19 crisis is over. UC Berkeley officials say the law requires the school to proceed now.
Council was set to vote on whether to require developers to include affordable housing units in their projects downtown and in parts of South and West Berkeley. The item was postponed.
Unions want to be able to continue building and argue their workers can follow social distancing rules.