Rental Housing Fee Billing

Frequently Asked Questions

Which properties are subject to the Rental Housing Fee?

Fee Icon uploadAny property with a Rental Unit, as defined in Section 11.100.030 of the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance, is subject to the Rental Housing Fee. This includes units exempt from rent control but subject to just cause for eviction requirements, such as single family homes, condominiums, and new construction.

How much is the Residential Rental Housing Fee?

The current Residential Rental Housing Fee ("Rental Housing Fee") is $145 per Rental Unit. This $145 includes a fee of $47 for Fiscal Year 2016-17 and $98 for Fiscal Year 2017-18.

How can I pay the Rental Housing Fee?

It is anticipated that the Rental Housing Fee will be billed to property owners beginning in late October, 2017. The invoice will include payment instructions.

When is the Rental Housing Fee due?

Like the Business License Tax, the Rental Housing Fee payment is due 30 days after billing.

Are there penalties for late or nonpayment of the Rental Housing Fee?

Yes. Failure to pay the Rental Housing Fee before the filing of an Unlawful Detainer (eviction) lawsuit is a complete defense to an unlawful detainer (RMC 11.100.060(s)(3)).

In addition, the City Council adopted monetary penalties for late payment of the Rental Housing Fee, as shown in the table below. The City Council is also authorized to assess a lien on property where there are outstanding Rental Housing Fees (see Ordinance No. 16-17).

Days Late
Penalty (%)
Penalties for Late Payment of the Rental Housing Fee

What if I recently purchased a rental property? Whose responsibility is it to pay the Rental Housing Fee?

The owner on the property title, as recorded by the Contra Costa County Assessor, is responsible for paying the Residential Rental Housing Fee, irrespective of when the property title was transferred.

Why is the Rental Housing Fee necessary?

The Rent Program is designed to be a cost-recovery department, meaning its operations will not require assistance from the City's General Fund. Instead, the Rent Program will rely on the Rental Housing Fee to generate the funds necessary to provide services to landlords, tenants, and community members.

How was the amount of the Rental Housing Fee calculated?

The Rental Housing Fee amounts are based on the Fiscal Year 2016-17 and Fiscal Year 2017-18 budgets adopted by the Rent Board on May 24, 2017.

To determine the amount of the Rental Housing Fee, the City contracted with Management Partners to prepare a fee study, approved by the Rent Board on June 21, 2017.

Further reading: Rental Housing Fee Study (FY 16/17 & FY 17/18)

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