Rent Board Budget And Fee Passes Final Hearing, June 27, 2002
On Wednesday June 26, 2002, the Board of Supervisors budget committee passed on final consideration the Rent Board"s proposed budget and fee package. The only change from last week was an amendment that would split the increase of $11 equally between the tenants and landlords. This means that of the total per apartment fee of $27 approved for the coming fiscal year, tenants will be responsible for $21.50 per unit and the landlord will pick up the balance of $5.50. For residential hotels, the cost is half of each of these-$10.75 to be paid by tenants and $2.75 by the landlord.
It should be noted that Chapter 49 of the Administrative Code requires that these Rent Board fees must be deducted from any interest payments due to the tenant unless there is either no deposit on hand or the interest due is less than the fee. In this case, the landlord may bill the tenant for the rent board fee. This new fee becomes payable by the tenant as of November 2002 for any tenancy in existence as of November 1st of this year.
With the new budget, the department will fill a vacant Citizens Complaint Officer position, a new clerical position and three temporary Administrative Law Judges. The approved budget does not permit these positions to be filled until October 1st . Once these positions are filled, we hope to improve petition review time, front counter and phone response times and increase the number of hearings which will allow us to ultimately eliminate our backlog over the next two years. We thank you for your patience and hope that our clients will notice improved services as a result of these positions being filled.