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.
The Richmond Rent Board has determined the 2017 “Annual General Adjustment” rent increase for Controlled Rental Units is 3.4%. Effective September 1, 2017, the Maximum Allowable Rent for tenancies in effect prior to September 1, 2016, may be increased by 3.4%. See Rent Board Regulation 17-05 for detail.
To apply the 2017 Annual General Adjustment rent increase of 3.4%, Landlords must not only comply with State law requirements, but also file a notice of rent increase with the Rent Board BEFORE service on the Tenant, in accordance with the Rent Increase Procedure on the Forms page. Rent increases may not take effect prior to September 1, 2017.
What if I never applied the 2016 Annual General Adjustment?
Landlords with tenancies in effect prior to September 1, 2015, who did NOT apply the 2016 Annual General Adjustment, may apply a combined 2016 & 2017 AGA rent increase of up to 6.56%, based on the rent in effect on July 21, 2015, or the first time the tenant paid rent after July 21, 2015 but before September 1, 2015. Landlords must follow the Rent Increase Procedure on the Rent Increase Procedure on the Forms page.
What’s the Annual General Adjustment?
The AGA is an annual rent increase adjustment allowed by the Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance. The Annual General Adjustment is calculated based on the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index.
Richmond Rent Program Community Education Workshops
The City of Richmond hosted a series of community education workshops to educate the community about the Rent Program and the Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance. Recent workshops were held on July 12, 2017, and July 27, 2017.