City of Berkeley Adopts Landlord-Tenant “Buyout” Ordinance

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The City of Berkeley follows Santa Monica and San Francisco in enacting regulations governing landlord-tenant “buyout” agreements.

Among other things, the new legislation requires disclosure to tenants of their rights under the ordinance, and it allows tenants to rescind an executed buyout agreement for up to thirty days. The ordinance was adopted on March 31, 2016 and becomes effective April 30, 2016. The Berkeley Rent Board has also generated required forms to comply with the ordinance.