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Updates and News

Short Term Rentals held over by Berkeley City Council until Thursday July 7. BTU will post an update in a couple of days regarding the Mayor’s last-minute introduction of a proposed contract with Airbnb. Durant Demolition approved under new demolition

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Rent Report

Berkeley rents are up at least 50% in five years! The Berkeley Rent Board gets quarterly reports on market rents for new tenancies in rent controlled apartments. Since rents are rising so quickly, they recently voted to send their latest

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Richmond (Almost) Gets Rent Control

update 8/9/15: RICHMOND GOT PROTECTIONS!  “The ordinance, first voted on in July, has undergone several changes and required two readings before becoming law. It takes effect Sept. 4 but will base rents at their July 21 levels to prevent landlords

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Berkeley Mayor Advised Big Landlords to Form PAC

A special edition of the Berkeley Property Owners Association newsletter came out in early July, announcing their plans to spend at least half a million dollars each year to fund the Berkeley Rental Housing Coalition. Their announcement begins: “Since the

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Berkeley Tenants are urged to join members of the notorious Berkeley Property Owners Association at a Public Hearing this Monday, May 4 at 7 PM The Board must consider raising their registration fees for the first time since 2009. Tell

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Rent Increases in Berkeley

Rents in Berkeley are rising dramatically. What’s going on? Two things are creating upward pressure on both rent- and non-rent-controlled units. These phenomena are: 1) The skyrocketing rents in San Francisco, which push people across the Bay, and 2) The

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Too Damn High Indeed!

Average rent in San Francisco jumped 19% this year. “Priceonomics puts the median price of a San Francisco apartment renting today at $3,600, up from $3,023 last year. Studios are fetching $2,300, one-bedrooms come in at $3,120, the median two-bedroom

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Tenant Convention Chooses Rent Board Slate

The Berkeley Tenant Convention on Sunday July 13 chose the five candidates most Highly Recommended by the Berkeley Tenants Union screener: incumbents Jesse Townley and Katherine Harr, former School Board Director John Selawsky, and first-time candidates Paola LaVerde and James

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Campaign Update: Seismic Safety – Final Public Hearing

Thursday, October 10 at 5 PM Final Public Hearing on Seismic Retrofits City of Berkeley Hearing sponsored by ASUC UC Berkeley Alumni Hall: 2537 Haste Street Currently, the plan is to allow landlords to pass costs onto tenants if the

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Campaign Update: Seismic Safety — Mandatory Seismic Retrofits

This Thursday, October 3, the Housing Advisory Commission will vote on their recommendations to Council regarding the law to require landlords to fix unsound buildings. BTU attended the last HAC meeting to speak about our concern: Tenants should not have

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