Termination of Tenancy

City of Richmond Urgency Ordinance 02-21 ("Eviction Moratorium") 

Under City of Richmond’s Urgency Ordinance 02-21 (“Eviction Moratorium”), amended October 25, 2022 (Urgency Ordinance No. 13-22) Landlords were prohibited from evicting tenants in most circumstances during the Local Emergency and sixty (60) days afterward. 

However, on February 28, 2023, the Richmond City Council voted to end the local emergency. Thus, the Eviction Moratorium shall cease to be effective on or around April 29, 2023.

Access the City of Richmond Urgency Ordinance No. 02-21 ("Eviction Moratorium") (as Amended by Ordinance No. 13-22, adopted October 25, 2022)

COVID-19 Rental Housing Recovery Act

Under the COVID-19 Rental Housing Recovery Act, Landlords seeking to evict based on nonpayment of rent that accumulated between October 1, 2021, and July 1, 2021, must comply with several additional requirements when filing an Unlawful Detainer or the court may not issue the Summons for the case. It is important to pay attention to the dates set forth in the Rent Program Fact Sheet, as the provisions may or may not apply depending on when notices are issued, when COVID-19 hardship was claimed, and when an unlawful detainer is brought to court. Should you desire legal advice, please speak to an attorney as the Rent Program may not provide legal advice to the public. Information concerning the COVID-19 Rental Housing Recovery Act continue to be in effect until September 30, 2024, and as of that date are repealed. 

Please visit our homepage at www.richmondrent.org for more information about evictions during the period of local emergency, as well as resources, noticing requirements, and other emergency needs. Access the COVID-19 and Rental: What Richmond Tenants and Landlords Need to Know Fact Sheet. 

Just Cause for Eviction Protections (R.M.C 11.100.050)

Under the Just Cause for eviction provisions of the Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance, Tenants can only be evicted for specific reasons stated in the law. The Just Cause for eviction law provided in Rent Ordinance (RMC 11.100) will continue to apply to most residential Tenants. 

Landlords of Rental Units in the City of Richmond may only terminate tenancy if there is a "just cause" to evict. These reasons include:

*Written Warning Notice Required

**Relocation Payment Required


Written Warning Notice

 If the Landlord is terminating tenancy due to the Tenant’s breach of the lease, if the Tenant is causing a nuisance, or is failing to give access to the Rental Unit, the Landlord MUST provide the tenant with a Written Warning Notice BEFORE they can proceed to terminate tenancy. The Written Warning Notice must give the Tenant the opportunity to fix the issue(s) described in the Warning Notice, and the Landlord must provide a reasonable amount of time for the Tenant to comply (RMC 11.100.050(d)). 

Landlords are encouraged to refer to the document below, which contains an instruction sheet and Written Warning Notice Template. Landlords are welcome to use their own notice; however, the Template provided below meets all of the requirements of the Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance.

Written Warning Notice (Spanish/English Version)

Written Warning Notice (English Version Only)

Written Warning Notice

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Termination of Tenancy Procedure

  1. Create and/or Sign In to your City of Richmond web account: Sign in or Create a Web Account. 
  2. Enroll. Complete a Property Enrollment form for each property with at least one Rental Unit, and Tenancy Registration forms for all tenancies in a Controlled Rental Unit (if required). For more information about Property Enrollment and Tenancy Registration, please visit the Enrollment and Registration webpage.
  3. Serve the Tenant Notification of Termination of Tenancy. Sample templates are available using the links below; Landlords may use their own notice as long as it includes the information covered in the template. Remember: if the just cause for eviction is substantial repairs, owner move-in, or withdrawal from the rental market, the tenant MUST be served the Notice of Entitlement to Relocation Assistance and the requisite Tenant Assertion Forms, all of which are provided in the templates. 
  4. Within two (2) business days after service on the Tenant, complete the online Notification of Termination of Tenancy form: Notification of Termination of Tenancy and include a Proof of Service. Alternatively, for properties with five (5) units or fewer, a copy of the notice of termination of tenancy and proof of service may be filed by mailing a hard copy to the City of Richmond Rent Program, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 200, Richmond, CA 94804Other such requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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