FAQ Topic: Rent Stabilization - Tenants

What if my landlord serves a rent increase higher than allowed?

You can assert your rights. Send your landlord a letter or email explaining that Fairfax passed a Rent Stabilization ordinance. You can include a link to these FAQs. If your landlord continues to refuse to recalculate your rent, contact Legal Aid of Marin at (415) 492-0230. Once the Rent Stabilization Ordinance is fully implemented, you’ll … Continued

What if I signed a new lease after March of 2022

You do not lose your rollback rights. Fairfax’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance provides that a tenant cannot waive any part of the law by signing a contract. Even if you signed a new lease, you should use the new rent calculation method above.

How do I calculate my new rent?

If you are calculating rent prior to October 6, 2023 and to be effective after September 1, 2023: Example If you were paying $2,000 in March of 2022, your Landlord could increase your rent by an amount calculated as follows: ($2,000) + ($2,000 x .0252) = new rent $2,000 + $50.40 = $2,050.40 $2,050.40 = … Continued

What is the annual maximum rent increase?

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

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

December 2, 2022 and revisions were effective on October 6, 2023. The first maximum rent increase provision went into effect on September 1, 2023. The next rent increase will go into effect on September 1, 2024. The provisions related to petitions, hearings and rental housing fee collection will not be implemented until the Town enters … Continued

Am I covered by Fairfax’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance?

Fairfax’s ordinance will cover many residents. However, there are several exclusions from the law. If you rent a unit that falls into one of the following categories, Fairfax’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance does NOT protect your tenancy: Single-family homes (where only one rental unit exists on the property) Condominiums Properties built after February 1, 1995 Dorm … Continued

What protections does Fairfax’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance give me?

The ordinance limits rent increases and stops landlords from decreasing housing services. Fairfax’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance will limit rent increases to once a year. Annual rent increases will be capped at 60% of the annual percentage increase to the April, 2023 Consumer Price Index (CPI) and 75% of the annual percentage increase to the April, … Continued

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