Tag: short-term rentals

Final Vote on AirBnB May 31

The Berkeley City Council may finally pass some Short Term Rental (STR) laws on Tuesday, May 31. The problem for tenants is that city staff won’t enforce the existing ban on STRs until Council makes the new laws, yet the

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Housing News

Berkeley Council Invites Mostly Developers to Discuss Affordable Housing Options: Former Planning Director Mark Rhoades, now a developer himself, was a featured speaker at the February 16 Council forum. http://www.berkeleyside.com/2016/02/17/berkeley-considers-ways-to-build-more-affordable-housing/ Several speakers who work for, or consult with, developers said

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Solutions to the Housing Emergency

Housing For the Rest of Us – Success! On Sunday March 6th, about 200 Berkeley voters turned up to hear solutions to the housing emergency. The Berkeley Progressive Alliance discussed their housing platform and upcoming elections for Mayor and City

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Update: Short-Term Rentals

EDIT: Planning Commission final public hearing 1/20 Housing Commission Strengthens Recommendations for Local Law Berkeley’s Housing Advisory Commission sent a follow-up to their earlier short-term rentals recommendations. The HAC did this both because the draft ordinance does not seem to

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In the News

Balcony Lawsuit Says Owners Knew About Problems If we had the proactive inspections program the City Council will discuss on December 1, then this tragedy may have been prevented. “The lawsuit claims that Segue used cheaper materials to construct the

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Housing in the News

Great Summary of the Short Term Rentals Issue “Almost everyone agrees that there’s nothing wrong with renting out a spare bedroom to travelers, and there’s not even much harm in renting your entire house for a month or two if

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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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Upcoming and Updates

Landlords Form PAC The Berkeley Property Owners Association announced this week that they are forming a political action committee. “While the Rent Board uses our money to undermine our rights, the BRHC will use its funds to fight for our

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Action Tuesday!

Berkeley City Council Continues Discussion of Short Term Rentals Tuesday June 9th 7 PM @ Longfellow Middle School Auditorium, 1500 Derby Please join BTU in supporting Councilmember Arreguin’s amendments to the Mayor’s proposal. Ask that Council does not lift the

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