Tag: Planning Commission

Berkeley Rent Board Wins In Court

The Berkeley Rent Board won an important case regarding eviction threats and OMI evictions where the owner never moved in. The California Court of Appeal supported the Berkeley regulation that resets rent for new tenants at the lower controlled rent

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BTU Members Meeting

Berkeley Tenants Union will hold our quarterly member potluck on Wednesday July 8th. There will be free tenant counseling from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, updates on demolitions and short term rentals regulations, and a roundtable discussion about enforcement of safety

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Four Housing Issues at City Council May 26

City Council continues discussion on #1 (Airbnb) on June 9.   1) CHANGE Council Item 21: Short-Term Rental Regulations: This Tuesday, Berkeley City Council will outline their directive for legalizing short-term rentals in Berkeley. Right now, rentals of less than

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Important Upcoming Dates

1) Rent Board Ad Hoc Committee: Friday April 3rd @ 3 pm Short-Term Rental Regulations Side Entrance on Center Street @ Milvia 2) Zoning Hearing on Demolition: Thursday April 9th @ 7 pm Rent Controlled Triplex 1920 10th Street, UP

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Give Input on Housing Policy

On Wednesday February 18 the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Housing Element of Berkeley’s General Plan. The hearing is at 7 PM at the North Berkeley Senior Center. BTU needs tenants to come speak out! Berkeley’s

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Comments on Berkeley Housing Element

This is from John’s letter to the Planning Commission for the February 18 hearing: It is clear from the Draft Berkeley Housing Element document that Berkeley is falling short of providing a mix of affordable housing for lower income AND

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Demo to Planning Wednesday

DATE: November 5, 2013 TO: Planning Commissioners RE: Demolition Ordinance SUMMARY: Please preserve affordable housing by again recommending the June 4 compromise on the Demolition Ordinance. Please find attached our petition — with 270 signatures. Respected Planning Commissioners: The Berkeley

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Renters Around the Bay

Oakland fights to close rent control loophole: Berkeley tenants enjoy protections against bad business decisions by owners. Here, landlords can only passthrough “capital” costs if they were not foreseeable when they set the initial rent or they can’t make a

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BTU Campaign Update: Demolition Ordinance

Good news on the Demolition Ordinance! On September 12, the Housing Advisory Committee voted unanimously to support one-for-one replacement of demolished rent controlled units with permanently affordable housing. They recommended the good June 4 compromise draft over the more recent

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Free Counseling before the POTLUCK this Wednesday!

Our friends from the Eviction Defense Center will provide Tenant Counseling from 6 to 6:30 PM before this month’s BTU gathering. Come break bread with tenants, smart landlords, activists, and everyone who wants to keep rent control strong and working

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