Landlords and Tenants may file a petition for an increase or decrease in the Maximum Allowable Rent by completing the following form and submitting all required proof (RMC 11.100.070(c)). A hearing examiner will closely evaluate a request and the proof provided in accordance with Rent Board rules and regulations.
The Rent Board will notify the Landlord, if the petition was filed by the Tenant, or the Tenant, if the petition was filed by the Landlord, of the receipt of the petition and provide them with a copy of the petition filed with the Rent Board (RMC 11.100.070(d)(2)).
No petition for an increase in the Maximum Allowable Rent may be filed if there is an outstanding citation or notice of violation of local housing, health or safety laws issued by a governmental agency.
The hearing examiner or Rent Board may refuse to hold a hearing and/or grant a rent adjustment if an individual hearing has been held and decision made with regard to Maximum Allowable Rent within the previous twelve (12) months (11.100.070(c)).
Mediation is often an effective way to resolve disputes between Tenants and Landlords. The benefit of mediation is that both parties have greater control over the outcome of the dispute, whereas, if a petition is resolved through a formal hearing, the fate of the decision rests with the Rent Board’s Hearing Examiner.
Cost of planned or completed capital improvements to the rental unit (distinguished from ordinary repair, replacement and maintenance) where capital improvements are required to bring property into compliance or maintain compliance with applicable local code requirements affecting the health and safety, and where such capital improvement costs are properly amortized over the life of the improvement.
Please upload any supporting documentation to substantiate your request for an increase or decrease in the Maximum Allowable Rent. Note that the Rent Program or hearing examiner may request additional documents and records as necessary.
Examples may include (but are not limited to): Leases or rental agreements, property tax bills, bills for maintenance or operating expenses, written correspondence, photographs, notices of rent increases or changes in the terms of tenancy.
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Landlords/Property Managers - Please read and check each box below:
I understand that landlords that knowingly retaliate against a Tenant for reporting violations pertaining to the Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction and Homeowner Protection Ordinance will be liable to Tenant for actual damages and shall recover costs and reasonable attorney’s fees. The Tenant or Richmond Rent Board may seek injunctive relief.
I hereby certify that all applicable fees for these units have been paid, including Business License, Rental Inspection Program, Fire Inspection, and Residential Rental Housing Fee.
I hereby certify that I am in compliance with all local, state and federal housing, health and safety codes and laws. I provide tenant/s adequate housing services and am compliant with all provisions of the rental agreement.
Tenants and Landlords - Please read and check the box below:
Under penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of California, I hereby certify that the foregoing information and that contained in any attached documentation is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct.
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