Rent Control in Mountain View
Mountain View is a magnet for high-paid tech workers, a phenomenon that has put upward pressure on rent in a technology hub that not only needs to accommodate engineers and programmers but cafeteria workers, shuttle drivers and security guards.
To stabilize rents, provide eviction protections, and ensure a fair rate of return on investment for landlords, the City of Mountain View implements the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (CSFRA), a voter-approved measure known more popularly as Measure V.
As in many other Bay Area locales with comprehensive rent control, it's important to delineate between the rent stabilization program, which governs rent increases, and eviction protections that enumerate nine reasons why a tenant can be evicted.
If units are covered by rent stabilization, only one rent increase per 12 months is allowed and the amount is set by the Rental Housing Committee, the body responsible for setting “fair” and “equitable” rent levels, ruling over landlord-tenant disputes, and implementing Measure V.
The allowed rent increase is referred to as the Annual General Adjustment (AGA). In its meeting on May 21, 2018, the Rental Housing Committee has set the allowable AGA at 3.6%, effective September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019.
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