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Landlord Requirements

For all rental units within the City of East Palo Alto that are not considered to be fully exempt or partially exempt, landlords are required to do the following.  (For full detailed descriptions of program requirements, please refer to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance, the list below is just a summary.) 

1.)  Register all rental units with the Rent Stabilization Program annually by  January 1 of each year.
(Section 8 of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance “Rent Registration and Certification”)

2.)  Pay the registration fees.
(Section 8 of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance “Rent Registration and Certification” Item D)

3.)  Notice of Ordinance Required to be Provided to New Tenants:
(The City of East Palo Alto Updated Guide to Rent Control is to be provided to new tenants as required by Section 6 of the Ordinance which provides that at the commencement of any tenancy, the owner of any regulated unit must provide the tenant with a written notice of the Ordinance on a form prescribed by the City)

4.)  Provide Just Case for any Evictions and File any Notices of Termination & Unlawful Detainers with the Rent Program within 5 days of Service on Tenant.
(Section 16 of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance “Just Cause Required for Eviction”)

5.)  Limit rent increases to the approved Annual General Adjustments (AGA) and/or properly banked AGAs. No more than one increase per year is allowed.
(Section 9 of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance “Limitation on Rent Increases” & Section 10 of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance “Annual General Adjustments of Maximum Allowable Rent”)

7.)  File Rent Increases Notices in accordance with the Ordinance:
(Prior to imposing a rent increase, a landlord must notify each affected tenant in the manner prescribed by State law, with written notice thereof 30 days in advance of the first day for which such adjusted rent may be charged or collected. Landlords of regulated rental units in East Palo Alto are required to the Rent Increase Notice Form provided by the Rent Program when tenants are given notice that their rent is to be increased, and to provide a copy of this notice to the Rent Program within 10 business days.)

8.)  Notify the Rent Stabilization Program of any Change in Tenancies within 30 days after the commencement of the tenancy  by submitting  a Change in Tenancy/Vacancy Registration Form along with a copy of the lease agreement.
(Section 8 of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance “Rent Registration and Certification” Item B)



REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTIALLY EXEMPT UNITS

Landlords with partially exempt units are required to do the following.  (For full detailed descriptions of program requirements, please refer to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance) 

1.)    Provide Just Case for any evictions 
(Section 16 of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance “Just Cause Required for Eviction”)