Resource & Community Links
Tenant Background & Credit Checks
Tenant Background Checks for both credit and criminal background. NOTE: in Berkeley you are no longer permitted to do criminal background checks on a prospective tenant. You may run a background check for any civil lawsuits, but not for criminal ones. Current RentPrep.com does not allow you to order credit only reports. If you need a credit only report, please see: https://connect.experian.com/credit-report/landlords.html
Prospective Tenant Credit Check
If you are only permitted to do a credit check on a tenant (because you are subject to the Fair Chance Ordinance) you may use Experian's product to invite your tenant to provide you with access to their credit report. The tenant pays a fee and releases to you access to the report. All you need is the tenant's name and email address.
Berkeley Rent Laws & Regulations
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
Craig's List for Pricing Your Rental
Want to know how to price your rental? Go to Craig's List and look to find a comparable unit to see what you might charge for your rental. It is always recommended to price yours slightly under the competition, so that you are sure to draw attention! You can use the features of Craig's List to narrow down your competition by selecting number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, type of rental (i.e. SFR, duplex, multi-unit) and any additional features your rental might have.
Megans Law Offender Locator
start with the disclaimer link and move to the locator page.
Oakland Rent Laws & Regulations
Protect Your Family From Lead Pamphlet
For your tenants at time of move in
Rent Board FAQs
Over the years, the Berkeley Rent Board receives inquiries from tenants and landlords ranging from very specific concerns about individual units, to broader questions about rent control in general.
Small Property Owners of San Francisco
Rental Glut Sends Chill Through Hottest U.S. Rental Markets
An important discussion about the chilling effect of rent control on the housing market. September 7, 2018
Terner Center for Housing Innovation - Rent Control
Why we need a new conversation on rent control in California today. May, 2018, UC Berkeley
Electronic Waste Center with Free Pickup for Berkeley Residents
They take monitors/ TVs/ Computers/ cell phones/ printers/copiers/microwaves