Ordinance 3148 – Effective 3/31/16
Restrictions on Rent Increases
- There can only be one rent increase in a 12 month period
- There is no cap on rent increases
- Mandatory: For rent increases above 5%
Landlords must file a notice with the Program Administrator
- Rent increases above 5% are subject to review by the Rent Review Advisory Committee.
- If a Landlord or Tenant disagrees with the Rent Review Advisory Committee decision, and the rental unit is a multi-family rental unit built before February 1995, either party may file a petition to have the rent increase determined by a neutral hearing officer whose decision is legally binding on the parties. For all other rental units, the Rent Review Advisory Committee’s decision is non-binding.
- For rent increases at or below 5%
Tenants may request mediation by the Rent Review Advisory Committee. The Committee’s decision is non-binding.
Limitations on Evictions
- For Cause Evictions
- Evictions are permitted for certain causes, such as failure to pay rent, breach of the lease
- No relocation fees are required for such eviction and there is no limitation on the rent for a new tenant
- No Fault Evictions
- Evictions are permitted for no fault of the tenant, such as an owner move-in
- Relocation fees are required
- No Cause Evictions
- Evictions are permitted
- Relocation fees are required and the rent offered to the new tenant cannot be more than 5% greater than the prior tenant’s rent
- Only a limited number of “no cause” evictions are permitted each year