Rent Board

The Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction and Homeowner Protection Ordinance provides for a five-member Rent Board (see Section 11.100.060 of the ordinance for details) whose members will be appointed by the Mayor subject to three additional votes by City Council members.

Richmond Rent Board

Name Appointed  Term Expiration
Nancy Combs  03/21/2017 03/21/2019
Virginia Finlay  03/21/2017 03/21/2019
Emma Gerould  03/21/2017 03/21/2019
David Gray  03/21/2017 03/21/2019
Lauren Maddock  03/21/2017 03/21/2019

Contact


To contact the Rent Board or a particular Boardmember, please mail or email correspondence to the City of Richmond Rent Program, Attn: [Boardmember(s)], 440 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 200, Richmond, CA 94804 or rent@ci.richmond.ca.us

Meetings

Regular Rent Board meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm in the City Council Chambers (440 Civic Center Plaza). Access the agenda meeting materials using the links below.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

Meeting Agenda

Compiled October 18, 2017 Rent Board Agenda Packet

Item G-1: APPROVE the minutes of the September 20, 2017, Regular Meeting of the Richmond Rent Board.

Item G-2: APPROVE a contract with Minuteman Press to provide printing and mailing services for a letter mailed to residential rental property owners in an amount not to exceed $15,000, with a term extending through June 30, 2017.

Item G-3: RECEIVE memoranda from Executive Directors in peer jurisdictions with rent stabilization policies regarding the impacts of restricting a landlord’s ability to “bank” Annual General Adjustment rent increases.

Item G-4: RECEIVE a memorandum from Michael Roush, Rent Board Legal Counsel, regarding whether a Landlord who withdraws Rental Units from the rental market in accordance with Rent Board Regulation 17-07 for the purposes of demolition and then constructs affordable housing on the site is nevertheless required to offer such units to displaced tenants who may be ineligible for the affordable housing unit. This item is in response to questions from the Board raised at the September 20, 2017, Regular Meeting.

Item G-5: (1) RECEIVE a memorandum from Nicolas Traylor, Executive Director, and Michael Roush, Rent Board Legal Counsel, concerning the status of the “Pass-Through” of the Residential Rental Housing Fee; and (2) DIRECT STAFF to study policy options for a possible “Pass-Through.”

Item G-6: RECEIVE letters from community members regarding the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance, RMC 11.100.

Item H-1: ADOPT Regulation 17-08, regarding Written Warning Notices to Cease before Terminating Tenancies due to a Breach of Lease or Creating Nuisance. This item was continued from the September 20, 2017, Regular Meeting.

Item I-1: APPROVE by motion a Reimbursement Agreement between the Rent Board and the City of Richmond. 
This item was continued from the September 20, 2017, Regular Meeting.

Item I-2: RECEIVE a presentation from Rent Program staff members regarding enrollment and other compliance efforts related to the requirements of the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance.
This item was continued from the September 20, 2017, Regular Meeting.

Item I-3: RECEIVE AND RECOMMEND TO THE RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL proposed amendments to Chapter 11.102 of the Richmond Municipal Code, and a revised resolution, concerning relocation requirements for Tenants of residential Rental Units.

Item I-4: RECEIVE a proposed syllabus for the anticipated Rent Control and Just Cause for Eviction seminar series, anticipated to be provided to the Rent Board and members of the public in November and December, 2017.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

Meeting Agenda

Item G-1: APPROVE the minutes of the August 23, 2017, Special Meeting of the Richmond Rent Board.

Item G-2: APPROVE by motion a Reimbursement Agreement between the Rent Board and the City of Richmond.
This item was moved to the October meeting of the Richmond Rent Board.

Item H-1: ADOPT an amended Fiscal Year 2017-18 Rent Program Budget.

Item H-1: PowerPoint Presentation

Item H-2: (1) ADOPT Regulation 17-07, regarding the Withdrawal of Rental Units from the Rental Market; and (2) DIRECT STAFF to prepare a fee study for administration of Regulation 17-07 for the Rent Board’s consideration in 2018.

Item H-2: PowerPoint Presentation

Item I-1: (1) RECEIVE a memorandum from Michael Roush, Legal Counsel, regarding the legal authority to establish “banking” rent increase provisions; (2) RECEIVE a presentation from Dr. Stephen Barton regarding the right to raise the Rent up to the Maximum Allowable Rent level, also known as “banking” rent increases; and (3) CONSIDER ADOPTION of Regulation 17-09, regarding the right to raise the Rent up to the Maximum Allowable Rent level, also known as “banking” rent increases, with limitations, such that the net rent increase in any one year as a result of the application of the current plus any deferred or “banked” AGAs does not exceed five percent (5.0%) plus the current AGA. This draft Regulation (17-09) would not become effective until September 1, 2018.

Item I-2: ADOPT Regulation 17-10, rescinding and replacing Regulation 17-04 regarding the filing with the Board of notice of rent increases and termination of tenancies and enrolling Rental Units with the Board.

Item I-3: ADOPT Regulation 17-08, regarding Written Warning Notices to Cease before Terminating Tenancies due to a Breach of Lease or Creating Nuisance.
This item was moved to the October meeting of the Richmond Rent Board.

Item J-1: RECEIVE a presentation from Rent Program staff members regarding enrollment and other compliance efforts related to the requirements of the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance.
This item was moved to the October meeting of the Richmond Rent Board.

Item J-2: RECEIVE a presentation from subsidized housing developers regarding their request for a waiver for payment of the FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 Residential Rental Housing Fee.

Item J-3: RECEIVE and APPROVE a project timeline for critical path items central to the development of the Rent Program.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Richmond Memorial Auditorium, Bermuda Room
403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

Meeting Agenda

Item F-1: APPROVE the minutes of the July 19, 2017, Regular Meeting of the Richmond Rent Board.

Item F-2: APPROVE a contract with Carlos J. Alarcon for mediation and hearing examiner services, at a cost not to exceed $25,000, from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

Item G-1: ADOPT Regulation 17-07, regarding the Withdrawal of Rental Units from the Rental Market. 
This item has been held over to the September 20, 2017 Regular Meeting.

Item H-1: RECEIVE a mid-year progress report regarding implementation of the Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance.

Item H-1: PowerPoint Presentation

Item H-2: (1) RECEIVE a presentation regarding the right to raise the Rent up to the Maximum Allowable Rent level, also known as “banking” rent increases; and (2) RECEIVE AND CONSIDER draft Regulation 17-09, regarding the right to raise the Rent up to the Maximum Allowable Rent level, also known as “banking” rent increases, with limitations, such that the net rent increase in any one year as a result of the application of the current plus any deferred or “banked” AGAs does not exceed five percent (5%). This draft Regulation (17-09) would not become effective until September 1, 2018.

Item H-2: PowerPoint Presentation


Wednesday, July 19, 2017
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

Meeting Agenda

Item F-1: APPROVE the minutes of the June 21, 2017, Regular Meeting of the Richmond Rent Board.

Item F-2: APPROVE an amendment to the contract for Legal Services with Michael Roush increasing the amount by $80,000, to a total not to exceed $110,000, and extending the term to June 30, 2018.

Item G-1: ADOPT Regulation 17-09, regarding the right to raise the Rent up to the Maximum Allowable Rent level, also known as "banking" rent increases, under certain limitations.

Item G-1: PowerPoint Presentation

Item G-2: ADOPT Regulation 17-03, regarding Rental Units exempt from the Rent Control and Just Cause for Eviction provisions of the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance.

Item G-2: PowerPoint Presentation

Item G-3: ADOPT Regulation 17-04, regarding the filing with the Board of notices of rent increases and termination of tenancies and enrolling Rental Units with the Board.

Item G-3: PowerPoint Presentation
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

Meeting Agenda

Item G-1: APPROVE the minutes of the May 24, 2017, Special Meeting of the Richmond Rent Board.

Item H-1: RECEIVE an amended Fiscal Year 2016-17 and Fiscal Year 2017-18 Residential Rental Housing Fee Study and RECOMMEND to the Richmond City Council a “flat fee” of $47 for all rental units for Fiscal Year 2016-17 and either a “flat fee” of $98 for all rental units for Fiscal Year 2017-18 or a “tiered fee” approach for non-controlled and Controlled Rental Units of $50 and $193, respectively.

Item H-1: PowerPoint Presentation


Item H-2: RECEIVE a status update on research regarding the City of Richmond’s affordable housing developments and PROVIDE direction to staff.

Item H-2: PowerPoint Presentation

Item H-3: DIRECT staff to negotiate and execute legal services contracts for representation of Tenants and Landlords in a total contract amount not to exceed $155,494 for Fiscal Year 2016-17 and Fiscal Year 2017-18.

Item H-3: PowerPoint Presentation

Item I-1: ADOPT Regulation 17-03, regarding Rental Units exempt from the Rent Control and Just Cause for Eviction provisions of the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance.
This item was not heard.

Item I-2: ADOPT Regulation 17-04, regarding the filing with the Board of notices of rent increases and termination of tenancies and enrolling Rental Units with the Board.
This item was not heard.

Item I-3: ADOPT Regulation 17-05, establishing the 2017 Annual General Adjustment in the amount of 3.4% for tenancies commencing prior to September 1, 2016.

Item I-3: PowerPoint Presentation

Item I-4: RECEIVE draft Regulation 17-06, regarding the establishment of requirements for landlords to obtain an individual rent increase in an amount greater than the Annual General Adjustment based on “Capital Improvements” in order to receive a fair return on the property.
This item was not heard.

Item I-5: RECEIVE draft Regulation 17-07, regarding the Withdrawal of Rental Units from the Rental Market.
This item was not heard.

Item I-6: RECEIVE draft Regulation 17-08, regarding Written Warning Notice requirements prior to termination of tenancy due to the Tenant’s Breach of the Lease or Nuisance.
This item was not heard.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

Meeting Agenda

Item G-1: APPROVE the minutes of the April 5, 2017, and April 26, 2017, special meetings of the Richmond Rent Board.

Item H-1: (1) RECEIVE and APPROVE the Fiscal Year 2016-17 and Fiscal Year 2017-18 Residential Rental Housing Fee Study; (2) ADOPT amended Fiscal Year 2016-17 and draft Fiscal Year 2017-18 Rent Program Budgets; and (3) DIRECT staff to prepare a resolution, consistent with the Rent Board’s approved Fee Study and adopted FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 budgets, recommending to the City Council approval of the Fiscal Year 2016-17 and Fiscal Year 2017-18 Residential Rental Housing Fees at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Item H-1: PowerPoint Presentation

Item I-1: ADOPT Administrative Regulation 17-01 exempting approximately 1,800 Housing Choice Vouchers (Project-Based and Tenant-Based Section 8) and units owned by the Richmond Housing Authority (Nystrom Village and Nevin Plaza) from the definition of Controlled Rental Units as described in RMC 11.100.030(d)(3).


Item I-1: PowerPoint Presentation

Item I-2: ADOPT Administrative Regulation 17-02 and DIRECT staff to establish and implement interim guidelines for hearing Rent Adjustment Petitions and Excess Rent Complaints.

Item I-3: APPROVE a contract with Michael Roush in the amount of $30,000 for Legal Services.

Item I-4: DISCUSS the establishment of a regular meeting time of the Rent Board on the third Wednesday of every month and consider recording the meetings on KCRT.