October 2021 News for Berkeley Property Owners & Housing Providers

State Rent Relief Program - A.B. 832

Under the extension of the Eviction Moratorium (A.B. 832), you may continue to apply for rent relief through Alameda County's website. Up to 100% of rent debt could be paid. Priority will be given to tenants whose incomes in 2020 was 80% or below AMI.

Exterior Elevated Elements (E3) Program

If you have a rental property with 3 or more units, you are subject to the E3 program for proper inspection of such elevated elements as decks, stairs, balconies, handrails and walkways. You must retain a licensed professional (see the list here) to inspect by March 31, 2022. You can learn more at the city's website.


Insurance New Claim Prevention for Rental Housing Providers

Do you know if you're properly insured on your rental housing property? With increasing costs, knowing what is critical might save you in the future. Learn about new laws for rental housing providers and tips/traps when filing a claim. 

Saturday, November 13 10:00-11:30 am

Members Only: This is an IN PERSON meeting.


The annual fee for fully protected (both rent-controlled and have eviction protections) is $250 per unit. The new registration fee for single family homes, some Accessory Dwelling Units and new construction (newer than 15 years) will be required for the first time this year to register and pay $150 per unit. Payments not made or postmarked by July 1 are subject to a 100% penalty. Learn more here

Member Workshop


If you're new to landlording, a first time Berkeley landlord or someone who just needs a refresher course, our Landlord 101 series is for you! We cover a number of important subjects such as the lease package, evictions and tenant communication issues. 

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Legislative News


There are multiple Eviction Moratoriums in effect during this pandemic. Berkeley's Eviction Moratorium currently prohibits any type of eviction during the local state of emergency and dictates how rent not paid during the pandemic is to be handled. You can learn more here. The state's Eviction Moratorium (AB 3088 effective Sept 1 to Jan 31) has now been extended in AB 832 with an expiration date of September 30, 2021. This continues to defere the minimum 25% payment of deferred rent until then. BPOA is working to provide guidance as to how the state's extension interacts with our local Eviction Moratorium and when the moratorium may end. Check back to get the lastest on all the rules and regulations!

Renting Out Your House


If you're renting out your single family home, you too are a landlord and are subject to rent regulations in Berkeley. Many owners don't realize the risk they take when renting out their home. Whether it's for 9 months or long-term, there are things you can't afford not to know. Your tenant has more control of your home than you know! As of July 1, 2021 owners of SFR rentals will need to pay an annual fee to the Rent Board.


2021 Annual General Adjustment (Rent Increase)

Each year, the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board adopts the Annual General Adjustment (AGA). For the year 2021, eligible landlords are permitted to increase the 2021 permanent rent ceiling by 1.0%. This represents 65% of the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers in the Bay Area. For more information, click here. Rent increases are permitted during the Eviction Moratorium.


Temporary Reduction in Rent Will Not Result in Impact to Rent Ceiling

If you have at tenancy in the first 12 months of the lease that started below September 9, and the tenant is asking for a rent reduction due to the current pandemic, you may reduce the rent temporarily, without impacting your rent ceiling. Learn more here

Prohibition on Lease Break Fees (flat) and Roommate Replacement Fees

Effective May 13, you may no longer charge a flat fee if a tenant breaks a lease. You may not charge any fees related to roommate replacement/swap. You have the right to recover any costs associated with the breaking of a lease including leasing agent fees, advertising or lost rent.

Prohibition on Querying a Prospective Tenant's Criminal Background

Effective March 25 you may no longer ask about a prospective tenant's criminal background nor run a criminal background check. Doing so can subject you to heavy fines and posibble civil lawsuit. In the future, you will be required to notify all prospective tenants of this law. Click here to access our NEW! rental application in our Forms Library.

News & Research

The Latest News: Debunking Myths from the Rent Board

CASA (The Committee to House Bay Area) Compact, MTC's response to the Bay Area Housing Crisis, December, 2018 

Why We Need a New Conversation on Rent Control in California, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley, May 2018

Rental Glut Sends Chill Through Hottest U.S. Rental Markets, September, 2018


The Tenant Protection Ordinance prohibits illegal evictions through the use of fraudulent and/or misleading representations, intimidating conduct, and/or coercive conduct.

The disclosure notice is required to be provided at the inception of any tenancy (beginning after April 2017) and must be included with any eviction notice. Failure to include this notice is a defense to unlawful detainer (eviction). Download the notice from the form library.  (Berkeley Municipal Code 13.79.060.)

Leases, Forms & More!

How complete is your lease package? Can you list all the state and local addendums required? Do you have the right lease that covers your for Berkeley?

Members always have access to our Forms Library You'll find everything you need to help guide you through renting your unit including leases, addendums, notices to tenants, guidance on problem issues, plus educational materials from previous workshops.

If you are not a member yet and would like to see a list of BPOA-maintained forms along with brief descriptions, you can do so here.

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October 27
Powerful Planning for Asset Protection (Webinar)

October 28
How to Turn Preventative Maintenance Into Money Savings (Webinar)

November 13
Member Meeting - In Person Insurance and Risk Management for Income Rental

November 17
How'd We Get in This Mess? A Political History of Berkeley Rent Regulations

January 06
Managing Tenant Liability: A Legal Look (webinar)

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The Forms You Need

One of the advantages of being a member of BPOA is having access to a wide array of useful forms, some of which have been created just for our members. For example, The BPOA RENTAL AGREEMENT F09 is specific to Berkeley and includes lead, asbestos and sex offender language. You can view the complete list of available forms here, but only members can download.


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Another advantage of being a member of BPOA is that you will receive our monthly print newsletter. From news and political reports to articles and advice, we cover the state and local issues you need to know about as a housing provider in Berkeley.
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