The San Jose City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to lift its freeze on rent increases at the end of this month.
Last year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city began prohibiting rent increases at apartment units subject to the city’s rent control law. Earlier this year, the city limited the rent freeze to tenants who both live in rent controlled housing and have declared a pandemic-related financial hardship.
After June 30, rental housing providers will regain their right to increase rents in compliance with the city’s rent control ordinance and the terms of their existing lease agreements. San Jose’s rent control law limits owners to one rent increase each year that does not exceed 5%.
Owners wishing to raise the rent must provide at least 30 days’ notice to tenants before the effective date of the increase and must comply with all local and state regulations and terms of existing lease agreements.