effective March 31, 2016
There can only be one rent increase in a 12 month period.
There is no cap on rent increases
Rent increases of 5% or less: The tenant has the option to request the Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC) to conduct a hearing to review the increase. A landlord with the authority to make binding decisions must attend the hearing. Hearing decisions are advisory for all rental units.
Rent increases above 5%: The landlord is required to file the rent increase notice with the Rent Stabilization Program and schedule a hearing before the RRAC. The tenant and the landlord (who must have ownership interest in the property) must attend the hearing. Hearing decisions may result in binding decisions in some cases.
Terminations of tenancy are limited to 10 allowable grounds defined under Ordinance no. 3148.
For cause terminations: No relocation assistance is owed to the tenant when the grounds for termination are for cause, such as failure to pay rent.
No cause and no fault terminations: Relocation assistance is required for all no cause and no fault terminations. The landlord must include required text in the termination of tenancy notice, file paperwork with the Rent Stabilization Program, and adhere to unit restrictions following the termination, regardless of a change in ownership.