FAQ Topic: Rent Stabilization - Landlords

Is Fairfax “rolling back” Rents?

Yes, but only to establish a base rent. For existing tenants, if you wish to raise the rent after October 6, 2023, you will need to roll back the rent to the March, 2022 amount, plus the maximum allowable rent increase for the period beginning September 1, 2023, which is 2.52% (see further details below … Continued

When did Fairfax’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance go into effect?

The ordinance was effective on December 2, 2022. Provisions relating to petitions and rental housing fee collection, however, will not be implemented until the implementation support is in place and the Town Council adopts a resolution setting an implementation date. On October 6, 2023, the recent changes to the ordinance became effective.

Is my property covered by the ordinance?

Fairfax’s ordinance will cover most residential rental units. However, there are several exclusions from the law. Please see the Applicability Chart on the Town’s website for a list of types of covered and non-covered units.

What if this amount is not enough?

Every landlord has a constitutional right to make a reasonable return on their investment. Once the ordinance is implemented, landlords will be able to file a petition in the event the allowed increase does not provide for a reasonable return on their investment. When the implementation support is in place, the Town Council will adopt … Continued

How much can I raise the rent each year?

Under the ordinance, the maximum annual rent increase is called the Annual General Adjustment (AGA). The AGA is set at 60% of the percentage increase to the April Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward region for the time period of September 1, 2023 to and through August 31, 2024. The AGA can never … Continued

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