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Berkeley Housing Policy Update

Measure U1 Debate Continued The Berkeley City Council carried items about spending Measure U1 money to their July 25 meeting. See Items 48, 50 and 51 on that agenda. http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Clerk/City_Council/City_Council__Agenda_Index.aspx The State of Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is a renter

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No-Fault Eviction Relocation Funds

It’s a funny thing law makers have to deal with: the people! Anything approved by the voters can only be changed by the voters. We out-rank the City Council, the Rent Board, even the state legislature. However, this also ties

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UC’s Tenants Rights Week

Students Can’t Afford Housing at $1,500 per Room “A graduate of Hunter College in New York City, Sliwowski said that the two-bedroom apartment he had rented in the notoriously competitive Manhattan housing market as an undergraduate cost him and his

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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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Zoning Board to discuss demolition of large, rent-controlled building Thursday June 25

BTU Appealed This Demolition — City Council November 17 The proposed demolition at 2631 Durant includes 18 rent controlled units which have traditionally been 100% occupied by students and were occupied until May 2014. This is the building next door to

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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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Security Deposits

Berkeley is a college town, and that means May and June bring free furniture to the streets as the student population moves into new digs. On Wednesday April 16, the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board will offer a special workshop on

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Ellis Reform at Berkeley Rent Board

ACTION: Statewide Ellis Reform The Berkeley Rent Board agenda for Monday March 17 contains a report on landlord and tenant bills at the state legislature. BTU is asking the Board to take action to support and broaden the two bills

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Contradictory Housing Policies from Berkley City Council?

Berkeley has been expediting building permits and cutting fees for developers, saying our town desperately needs housing. One policy that some see as quite promising would make it easier to add a legal in-law unit on an existing property. But

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