The San José City Council has enacted a temporary moratorium on rent increases for rent-stabilized apartments and rent-controlled mobilehomes. The full text of the moratorium ordinance is available here.
The moratorium prohibits rent increases before January 1, 2021.
The moratorium applies to two types of properties:
- Apartment buildings covered by the Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO), which are buildings with three or more units that were built before September 1979; and
- Mobilehome parks covered by the Mobilehome Rent Ordinance (MHRO), which are parks established before September 1979
In addition to protecting residents from rent increases, the moratorium ordinance offers several important benefits for landlords, including:
- ARO and MHRO landlords who voluntarily reduce rents during the COVID-19 pandemic are allowed to increase their rents back to the original contract rates during the moratorium;
- Late charges are suspended through FY 2020-2021 for ARO landlords who pay their ARO fees late;
- Maintenance permit fees for ARO landlords are waived through FY 2020-2021; and
- Tenants are prohibited from making service-reduction claims for the closure of recreational common areas at ARO properties during the moratorium.
Here is a webinar about the moratorium recorded on May 6, 2020:
You can view the Memorandum from the City Attorney's Office that describes the legal basis for the rent-increase moratorium.
If you have questions about the rent-increase moratorium, please contact the Rent Stabilization Program at 408-975-4480 or RSP@sanjoseca.gov.