Eviction protections apply to most rental units in the City of Richmond
The vast majority of multi-unit rental properties (including duplexes) constructed before 1995 in the City of Richmond are subject to rent control
Rents for rent-controlled units must reset to the “base rent”, or the rent paid on July 21, 2015 (or the first date that rent was paid after this date)
The Maximum Allowable Rent is equal to the base rent, plus all applicable Annual General Adjustment rent increases
Any excess rent paid in excess of the Maximum Allowable Rent following December 30, 2016, MUST be refunded to the Tenant in the form of a Cashier's check. Proof must be submitted using the online "Proof of Excess Rent Refund" form. See Regulation 17-05 for detail.
Rent Program Community Workshops:
Security Deposits: Rights and Responsibilities for Richmond Landlords and Tenants
Saturday, May 18, 2019
10 AM - 12 PM
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
Topics for discussion include:
Lawful security deposit amounts
Permitted security deposit deductions
Timeline to return or explain security deposit
Legal recourse in the case of unreturned security deposits
2019 Community Workshop Schedule
City of Richmond Rent Program Community Workshops are held one Saturday each month to inform community members about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance. Access the full schedule, as well as 2018 Community Workshop materials, on the Workshops page.
Rent Board Adopts Amendments to Regulation 603, Extending the Deadline for Landlords to File a Notice of Rent Increase with the Rent Program from Two to Ten Business Days
At their Regular Meeting on September 19, 2018, members of the Rent Board approved an amendment to Regulation 603 to provide Landlords more time to file notices of rent increase with the Rent Board. Landlords of Controlled Rental Units in the City of Richmond must file any notice of a rent increase, including a Proof of Service, with the Rent Board within ten (10) business days after service on the Tenant. If a Landlord does not file the notice with the Rent Board within this time period, the rent increase shall be deemed null and void.
Rent Board Approves 2018 Annual General Adjustment of 3.6%
Methodology for Billing of the Rental Housing Fee
At the June 20, 2018, Rent Board meeting, Rent Program staff members reported on the methodology employed for billing of the Residential Rental Housing Fee.
Access the presentation by clicking on the image below:
City Council Adopts FY 2018-19 Rental Housing Fee
At their meeting on May 15, 2018, the Richmond City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Rental Housing Fee in the amount of $207 for Fully Covered Rental Units, $100 for Partially Covered Rental Units (such as single family homes, condominiums, and new construction) and $50 for Governmentally Subsidized Rental Units (including units in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.)
On February 21, 2018, the Richmond Rent Board adopted Chapter 4, establishing Rent Registration requirements for all Rental Units in the City of Richmond.
Rental property owners can expect to receive information in the mail from the Rent Program with instructions for submitting required information to achieve compliance with Rent Registration requirements.