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Rent Increase Caps for Rent Control Year 2023: 5% for elderly/disability tenants; 8.9% for all other tenants

Friday, January 20, 2023

The Rental Housing Commission (RHC) has determined the 2023 change in the regional consumer price index – urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W). This figure is used to calculate the maximum standard annual rent increase for rental units under rent control. This information is official and will be published on February 7th. We will provide a link to the publication when available.

The following will apply in rent control year 2023:

  1. If a rent-controlled unit is occupied by an elderly tenant or a tenant with a disability, the maximum standard rent increase will be 5%. To qualify for this lower rent increase cap, the tenant must have registered his or her elderly or disability status with the Rent Administrator. (Where 5% is lower than the CPI-W (6.9%) and the SS COLA (8.7%), 5% is the maximum annual rent adjustment for elderly tenants and tenants with a disability.)
  2. For all other rent-controlled (non-elderly/without disability) units, the maximum standard rent increase will be 8.9% (CPI-W + 2%). (The 2023 CPI-W will be 6.9% – an increase of 2.7% over the 4.2% CPI for rent control year 2022 (which ends April 30, 2023). The new CPI will apply to standard rent increases that become effective during rent control year 2023 (May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024)).
  3. Elderly tenants and tenants with a disability who are registered with the Rent Administrator as lower income are also exempt from rent surcharges due to housing provider petitions that have been approved by the government. To qualify, household income cannot exceed $85,400 for a family of four, plus or minus $8,550 for each additional or fewer person in the household