Richmond Rent Program


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Effective December 30, 2016

  • Measure L: The Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance 
  • Eviction protections apply to most rental units in the City of Richmond
  • The vast majority of multi-unit rental properties (including duplexes) constructed before 1995 in the City of Richmond are subject to rent control
    • Rents for rent-controlled units must reset to the “base rent”, or the rent paid on July 21, 2015 (or the first date that rent was paid after this date)
    • The Maximum Allowable Rent is equal to the base rent, plus all applicable Annual General Adjustment rent increases
    • Any excess rent paid in excess of the Maximum Allowable Rent following December 30, 2016, MUST be refunded to the Tenant in the form of a Cashier's check. Proof must be submitted using the online "Proof of Excess Rent Refund" form. See Regulation 17-05 for detail.
    • Visit the Rent Increase page for more information

News & Events

Community Workshops - Setting Standards for Changes in the Maximum Rent

Rent Program staff members hosted community workshops on December 4, 2017, and December 9, 2017, to solicit feedback from community members on topics such as:

• Rules and standards for increasing or decreasing rents for rent-controlled rental units
• Possible models for defining a “fair rate of return” on rental property investments
• Calculating rent reductions due to problems with the rental unit (pests, broken appliances, etc.)

Please visit the Rent Adjustment Regulations page for more information.

Online Payment of the Residential Rental Housing Fee - Due January 2, 2018

In November 2016, a majority of City of Richmond voters approved Measure L, the Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance.
The Ordinance established the Residential Rental Housing Fee, which must be paid by all Richmond Landlords to fund implementation of the Ordinance through the City’s Rent Program Department. 
The current Residential Rental Housing Fee is $145.00 per Rental Unit. It is anticipated that invoices will be mailed beginning in November 2017, with payment due no later than January 2, 2018. Alternatively, the fee may be paid online at Please refer to the images below for additional online payment instructions.

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Richmond, CA 94804
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