Santa Rosa Rent Control Ordinance Explained Below
So, Santa Rosa’s rent control ordinance is finally here, congratulations property owners! The good news is that you no longer have to decide on how much to raise the rent each year because the city has that figured out for you already. Also, you don’t have to worry about when you should kick out a problem tenant because the city has told you when and under what circumstances you can do that too. See, rent control and just cause eviction just made the job of a property manager and home owner much easier.
Bullet points covering Santa Rosa Rent Control
- Rent may only be increased 3% per 12 month period
- Rent may only be increased once per every 12 month period
- Rents are rolled back to where they were on January 1, 2016
- You cannot un-bundle garbage, electricity fees, water, etc. now if it was not originally un-bundled
- Landlords must notify the Program Administrator, in writing, within 15 days from when the landlord serves tenant with rent increase
- There are only 11 valid reasons a landlord may terminate a tenancy
- In some instances the landlord must pay the tenant a relocation fee equal to 3 months rent for a market rat rental unit comparable the one the tenant is vacating, plus $1,500. So if you want to move into one of the units, whether by choice or necessity, and the rent is $2,000 per month you pay the tenant $7,500. Think about this though, what if that tenant has been in the unit for 15 years, and because of rent control your tenant is only paying $1,000 per month but the unit is really comparable to $2,500 per month. You get to pay the tenant $9,000.
If you’re interested in a free consultation about your rights as a landlord, or lack there of, when it pertains to Santa Rosa Rent Control, call me at 707-583-3666. I’ve also attached the full rent control ordinance for you to view yourself if you’d like here.