The term ‘comparable accommodation’ when used in the context of rent control refers to a standard for determining the maximum amount that can be allowed as rent in rent-regulated housing. While applying this standard, the court considers the prevailing rent for substantially similar housing units in the same area.
The following is an example of a case law referring to the term:
"Comparable accommodation" in the context of rent control means: Within the rule that it is the rent generally prevailing on the freeze date for comparable accommodations in a defense-rental area that determines rent that may be charged, two accommodations are 'comparable' if they are sufficiently similar to be regarded by an expert as of sufficiently equal rental value or if they are sufficiently similar so that an expert taking as a standard the rent prevailing for one and making allowances for such differences as would be reflected in rental value would be able to determine the appropriate corresponding rent for the other. [Bakanauskas v. Urdan, 206 Cal. App. 3d 621 (Cal. Ct. App. 1988)].