Rent Review Ordinance Amendments

On April 16, 2019, the City Council adopted amendments to the Rent Review Ordinance, which went into effect on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The following sections have been amended:

  • Sec. 9.60.020 - language added to strengthen the definition and role of the responsible party to require the person negotiating the rent increase to have final legal authority to adjust the rent without limitations.
  • Sec. 9.60.030 - Notice of Availability of Rent Review shall be provided to any tenant that receives an increase from their base rent, regardless of the length of tenancy.
  • Sec. 9.60.040 - rent increase notices shall be personally delivered to the tenant or mailed to the tenant.
  • Sec. 9.60.050 - rental units owned or operated by a government agency or subsidized by a government agency are no longer exempt from the ordinance; shared housing units and junior accessory dwelling units are exempt from the ordinance; *effective July 1, 2019.
  • Sec. 9.60.070 - landlords prohibited from discriminating against tenant applicant based on source of income, which includes all lawful sources of income or rental assistance program, homeless assistance program, security deposit assistance program, or housing subsidy program.
  • Sec. 2.20.650 - Rent Review Board member terms are now staggered.