Tenant Relocation for Repairs
Landlords who relocate tenants to make repairs must provide financial compensation to tenants and allow them to move back in once repairs are completed.
If you need to relocate your tenants in order to make repairs, you must follow regulations laid out in the Berkeley Relocation Ordinance (Municipal Code 13.84). The regulations include financially compensating tenants to cover the relocation costs, and allowing tenants to move back in when repairs are done.
Notify tenants before the temporary relocation
You must notify tenants before the temporary relocation, and include several documents with your notice:
- Provide a copy of the Relocation Ordinance
- Prepare a Notice of Temporary Relocation
- If the repairs are planned, deliver the Notice of Temporary Relocation for Planned Repairs 30 days in advance
- If the repairs are unexpected, deliver the Notice of Temporary Relocation due to Fire or Code Enforcement
- Send a Relocation Payment Request form for your tenants to fill out
- If the relocation will last 29 days or fewer, provide the Short-Term Payment Request form
- If the relocation will last 30 days or more, provide this version of the Relocation Payment Request form
Provide financial compensation to tenants
The amount of financial compensation you must provide tenants depends on length of the relocation.
If the relocation is 29 days or fewer, provide a per diem (amounts vary depending on household size).
If the relocation is 30 days or more, provide:
- dislocation allowance
- moving and storage costs
- rent differential payment
Please refer to the Berkeley Municipal Code 13.84.070 for details about the amounts for the payment amounts and details.
Allow tenants to move back in after repairs are completed
If you have relocated your tenants in order to bring your building up to code, you must allow them to move back in after completing the repairs.
If you are removing the unit from the rental market completely, you will need to follow regulations in the Rent Stabilization Ordinance and the Ellis Ordinance. Please contact the Rent Stabilization Board for questions.