This part perhaps is what you'd be curious to know about:
...when the the property is "decontrolled", the landlord can raise the rent to the market value. A residential unit becomes decontrolled when the the last tenant of the original tenancy group has moved out, voluntarily or having been evicted. When a new tenancy begins, the property is considered "re-controlled", and the rent ceilings apply once more.
Some rental units are exempt from rent ceilings:
Units leased by the Berkeley Housing Authority, or to Section 8 tenants
Single-family residences (some exceptions)
New Construction - Rental units built after June 30, 1980 not including units created through rehabilitation or conversion
Berkeley remains as one of the most sought-after cities in terms of property values holding their own. When some investors buy, they are likely to want to have the properties delivered vacant, if it is do-able.
Don't let the rent control blind you to many other benefits of buying in Berkeley. First, find a realtor to help you. And then find the property that meets your investment criteria.
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