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Apartment Rent Ordinance
Ordinance Overview
In 1979, the San José City Council appointed a task force to address rent issues in rental housing.In July 1979 the City Council adopted a Rent Stabilization Ordinance for mobile home parks and apartments and created the Rental Rights and Referrals Program to administer the ordinance. In 1985 the City Council voted to separate the Rent Stabilization Ordinance into two separate ordinances, one for mobile home parks and a second for apartments.

The Apartment Rent Ordinance, which is Municipal Code Chapter 17.23, and its companion Regulations regulate rent increases on apartments.

Ordinance Coverage,
The City’s Apartment Rent Ordinance applies to residential housing developments with three or more units built prior to September 7, 1979. Rental housing developments exempted from the ordinance include single-family dwellings, duplexes, condominiums, hotels, boarding houses, which are rented to transient guests for periods of less than 30 days, nonprofit homes for the aged, school dormitories, rental units owned and operated by any government agency, and any new rental units first rented after September 7, 1979.

Administration of the Ordinance
The City’s Rental Rights and Referrals Program administers the ordinance paid for by an annual mediation fee. The current fee is $11.75 per apartment.

The Rental Rights and Referrals Program may be contacted at (408) 975-4480 or by email and is located on the 12th floor of:
San José City Hall
200 East Santa Clara St.
San José, CA 95113-1305

The implementation of the ordinance is overseen by the Housing Department's Rental Rights and Referral Program staff.  The Housing and Community Development Commission provides a forum for citizens to offer input regarding the ordinance.