January 2015 News for Berkeley Property Owners & Housing Providers

Next Members Meeting
Saturday February 7th, 2015

BPOA Annual Tax Workshop
with Kelly Creed of RINA Accountancy

Refreshments: 9:30am   Meeting: 10:00am  sharp

St. Johns Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue
in Berkeley, 94705.
Fireside Meeting Room

See the Event Calendar for Details

January 2015
Notes from Michael St. John

Here’s what happened this Fall: Staff, without seeking public input or notifying property owners or the public, drafted amendments to Regulations 524 and 1018 that basically said that tenants who were gaming the system would win, almost always. The amendments revised Regulation 524 and interpreted Costa-Hawkins such that tenants would be able to live elsewhere, essentially forever, and retain their rent discount. The proposed changes prohibited property owners from introducing evidence proving that tenants were living elsewhere.

Staff made up the new interpretation, not present in either Regulation 524 or Costa-Hawkins, that “intent” could be considered. That a tenant intended to live at the Berkeley apartment would be considered as proof that a tenant did live at the Berkeley apartment.  Never mind that intent is not mentioned in the rent law or in Costa-Hawkins.

Too Much Stuff?
Some Tips on Helping Tenants
Who Hoard

The New Non-Smoking Brochure and
Lease addendum are available
online for members in our  
Forms Library

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.

THE ALAMEDA COUNTY GRAND JURY HAS ISSUED A REPORT EXCORIATING THE BERKELEY RENT STABILIZATION BOARD
....(and the League of Women Voters Agree!)

 Click for the full report:

HERE
It begins on page 63 and runs to page 74.

 

The Report concludes with the following recommendations:

  •  Recommendation 12-10:
    The Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board must reduce the high rental unit registration fees.
  • Recommendation 12-11:
    The Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board must allow landlords to pass through a larger proportion of the registration fee to tenants.
  • Recommendation 12-12:
    The Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board must ask the city of Berkeley Human Resources Department for a thorough position-control audit to evaluate the number of staff, the classifications and workload.
  • Recommendation 12-13:
    The Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board must ask the city Human Resources department to provide more comprehensive salary comparisons regularly and use them in setting salaries and benefits, including those of the executive director and the board members.
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