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The Rental Housing Fee funds the Rent Program, the Agency responsible for enforcement of the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance (Rent Ordinance), approved by Richmond voters in November 2016 and codified in Section 11.100 of the Richmond Municipal Code.
The Rent Program offers the following services to community members (this list is not exhaustive; the tasks below are identified for illustrative purposes only):
The Rental Housing Fee also funds administrative functions of the Rent Program, including, but not limited to:
For more information about how the amount of the Rental Housing Fee is determined, please see the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget and Rental Housing Fee Study, approved by the Rent Board on March 20, 2019.
The Annual General Adjustment rent increase may only be applied if the tenancy began PRIOR TO September 1 of the PRIOR year. Prior to June 30 each year, the Rent Board announces the amount of the Annual General Adjustment. The Annual General Adjustment is not effective, and may not be imposed, prior to September 1. Consistent with State law, a minimum 30-day notice of a rent increase is required. For more information, please visit http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/3376/Rent-Increase.
Visit richmondrent.org/enroll to access the online enrollment form.
Call (510) 234-RENT (7368) to speak with a Rent Program Services Analyst (phones are attended to Monday through Friday, from 9 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 4 PM.) Alternatively, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Rent Program office, located on the second floor of 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804, Monday through Friday, from 9 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 4 PM.
The Rental Housing Fee may be paid online, in-person, or by mail. Please visit richmondrent.org/billing for payment instructions. Payment instructions are included on the Rental Housing Fee invoice mailed to property owners. Didn't receive an invoice? Please call (510) 234 - RENT (7368) for assistance.
The Rent Program does not administer nor regulate the law centered around emotional support, assistance, or services animals. Such an administration falls solely with the State and Federal Government. Nor does the Rent Program maintain the accuracy of information provided through the Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) websites or brochures.
To understand your rights and obligations as it relates to emotional support, assistance, or services animals, please contact an attorney.
For a directory of free and low-cost legal assistance, please refer to the Rent Program resource directory, at http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/41438/Updated-Landlord-and-Tenant-Resources-Directory-4-20-18?bidId=.
There is also information online that may inform you of your rights and obligations. For your convenience, staff has attached hyperlinks to HUD’s website describing rights obligations as it pertains to emotional support, assistance, or services animals:https://archives.hud.gov/news/2013/servanimals_ntcfheo2013-01.pdfhttps://archives.hud.gov/news/2013/huddojstatement.pdfhttps://archives.hud.gov/news/2013/pr13-060.cfm
On June 19, 2019, the Rent Board rescinded Subsection (C) of Regulation 605, eliminating the requirement for Landlords to return excess rent via a cashier’s check with 10 days. In lieu of this requirement, and upon agreement of the Tenant, excess rent may be returned to the Tenant through the execution of a repayment agreement between the Tenant and Landlord, a reduction of Tenant’s rent until the amount is satisfied, the Landlord's partial payment of the amount owed combined with a reduction in rent, or other calculable forms of repayment. Under Section 11.100.100 of the Richmond Municipal Code, Tenants may not waive any provisions of the Rent Ordinance, which means that under any repayment plan, Tenants cannot waive or modify the amount of excess rent owed. The Tenant may only agree to modify the method and form of repayment. As is prudent practice, Landlords and Tenants are encouraged to document any agreement in writing and may request mediation through the Rent Program to facilitate an excess rent repayment agreement. Tenants who choose not to agree to a repayment plan, or whose Landlord fails to adhere to a previously agreed upon repayment plan, may file an Excess Rent petition with the Rent Program to compel the Landlord to refund any excess rent owed.