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Rent-Increase Moratorium

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:

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:

Here is the presentation shown during the webinar.

Here are frequently asked questions about the rent-increase moratorium

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