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Mountain View Rental Housing Committee clarifies base rent calculations. Why does it matter?

Original post made on Jul 21, 2022

The starting point for how much landlords are allowed to increase rents annually, base rent is "probably the most important aspect of our rent control law," according to Rental Housing Committee member Emily Ramos.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 21, 2022, 11:52 AM

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Posted by Yonatan
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 21, 2022 at 10:20 pm

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A thousand a month for an apartment in Mountain View?
I get that that makes the calculations a bit easier to see, but let's use something close to actual rent for this area. Don't want the "just stop getting avocado toast" NIMBYs any false idea about how much they are destroying this country with their insanely selfish actions.


Posted by mimo
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 22, 2022 at 8:35 am

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Pleasantly surprised that RHC and city staff showed common sense, so rare this days...


Posted by JAFO
a resident of Castro City
on Jul 22, 2022 at 9:38 am

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I am a bit disappointed that this publication did not report on the Appeal in this hearing. The appeal reaffirmed that landlords have an proactive responsibility to maintain units and by failing to do so they are required to provide a rental reduction.

In the case of 21220008, the landlord was ordered to reduce rent by $320.50 because of improper maintenance. It was reaffirmed regarding this appeal.

There is another pending where the building value dropped 45% after management did not do proactive maintenance during the 6 years after purchase in 2016. This is officially the value of the building according to the Santa Clara County Tax Record. Thus the CSFRA does allow for a 45% reduction in rents accordingly.

If one say pays $1600 a month on rent, that should be reduced to $880 a month, retroactively, and for all units in the building in question, which has 4 CSFRA regulated units.


Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jul 25, 2022 at 10:12 pm

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Rent control simply doesn't work. The bureaucratic hoops that the local government and landlords have to go through is laughable. How about, instead, the city encourages / supports development of more units?


Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 26, 2022 at 4:32 am

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I do not see the point of replaying the same argument regarding rent control over and over again. The reality is that the CSFRA was passed by the voter of Mountain View and all attempts to rescind or modify it has failed. The CSFRA provides proper protections from problems with what amounts to material breach of contract.

Everyone understands that if you sign a lease which has a rent based on the value of a building say $2.55M, but in the span of the contract it was changed to $1.45M, a loss of 45% then that contract is in effect invalid.

That would be true regardless of the CSFRA, and in fact it would render all rent payments collected to be unlawful, and could be ordered refunded by the courts. A breach of contract results in consequences no matter what.


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