BPOA Member Pages
Next Members Meeting
Saturday March 7th, 2015
with Sam Sorokin, Managing Partner
of Premium Properties
Refreshments: 9:30am Meeting: 10:00am sharp
St. Johns Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue
in Berkeley, 94705.
Fireside Meeting Room
Where Does the Money Go?
The last time I looked at the budget carefully (a few years ago) I believe the it was around $3,800,000. The Rent Board manages 21,000 units so, at $194 per unit, that should simply result in a budget of a tad over $4,000,000. However, of those 21,000 rent controlled units, many belong to non-profits or are Section 8 and managed by Berkeley Housing Authority, or are owner occupied and, for one reason or another, exempt from the registration fee. The figure previously used at budget meetings was that approximately 18,000 units pay a registration fee, which should mean that their revenue is a little under $3,500,000...So, where is the other $700,000 coming from? Is this other source of income a reliable one that can be depended on moving forward?
Now, without raising the registration fees, the budget is $4,245,000. We know the Rent Board lends out staff to other City of Berkeley departments and then collects for time spent on other City issues. So, does this mean the City is paying the rent board an additional $700,000 for services? The only other known source of revenue is registration fees, which should be $3,600,000 even on the high side. Is it fair that the Rent Board is now using our tax money on top of our registration fees to fund its activities?
This extra $700,000 in the Rent Board’s budget equates to approximately 4.5 full time employees. The Rent Board currently employs 21.5 employees. The amount the rent board spends on the employees is $3,432,400. So that means that average employee is costing the Rent Board $159,646 including benefits.
But that is the average employee. The median household income in Alameda County in 2011 was $67,558 and that number is lower when just looking at the statistical area comprised of Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro.
In addition, the Rent Board is giving away grants to the tune of $290,000 this year. This is the money that presumably goes to the Eviction Defense Center and the East Bay Community Law Center. Then there is $145,000 which is spent on public outreach. This presumably covers the fancy newsletters and brochures that are being mailed out on a regular basis.
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Lease addendum are available
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Too Much Stuff?
Some Tips on Helping Tenants
Low Income Landlords?
Find Eviction Help Here
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Link Here for a Guide to Fees Due
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:
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.