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Are utility and other housing service fees included in the Maximum Allowable Rent?
All utility, parking, and other housing service fees that were included in the initial lease or rental agreement are included in the Maximum Allowable Rent and regulated unless there are separate and specific unit metered utility fees agreed to in the initial lease or rental agreement. Any increase in housing service fees, or charges for additional fees not included in the initial rental agreement, is considered a rent increase and must conform to the requirements for raising rents.

Rent Stabilization FAQ

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1. Are utility and other housing service fees included in the Maximum Allowable Rent?
2. How are Initial Certificates of Maximum Allowable Rents (MARs) determined?
3. What is an Initial Certificate of Maximum Allowable Rent ("MAR")?
4. Can I be charged a City registration fee of $9.75 in addition to my rent?
5. When and how much can my landlord raise my rent?
6. What is an Annual General Adjustment (“AGA”) and how is it to be used to raise rents?
7. What does it mean to “bank” an AGA for future rent increases?
8. Why send notices to tenants about rents, discounts provided, and fees charged by their landlord?
9. How to Secure Compliance with East Palo Alto’s Rent Control Protections