The City’s Ordinance does not address rental increases. However, the California Tenant Protection Act (TPA) does limit rent increases. Under the TPA, annual rent increases are limited to 5% plus a cost of living adjustment or 10%, whichever is less. This CA guide for tenants and landlords includes all state rules describing these limits.
The TPA exempts the following properties from its rent control protections:
- Housing that has been issued a certificate of occupancy within the past 15 years (this is a rolling date)
- Owner-occupied duplexes
- Student occupants of higher education dormitories
- Residential real property that is alienable separately from the title to any other dwelling unit (i.e., single family homes and townhomes), with certain ownership restrictions (i.e., not owned by a corporation or investment trust);
- Affordable housing; and
- Assisted housing developments.