Rental Housing Fee Billing

Billing Methodology

At the June 20, 2018, Rent Board meeting, Rent Program staff members reported on the methodology employed for billing of the Residential Rental Housing Fee. 

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Billing Methodology Item

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?

Each year, the Richmond City Council adopts the Rental Housing Fee for the upcoming fiscal year following a recommendation from the Rent Board. The amount of the Rental Housing Fee for past, current, and future years is contained in the table below.

Fiscal YearFully Covered UnitsPartially Covered UnitsGovernment Subsidized Units
Fiscal Year 2018-19$207 per Rental Unit$100 per Rental Unit$50 per Rental Unit
Fiscal Year 2017-18$98 per Rental Unit$98 per Rental Unit$98 per Rental Unit
Fiscal Year 2016-17 (partial year)$47 per Rental Unit$47 per Rental Unit$47 per Rental Unit

How can I pay the Rental Housing Fee?

The Rental Housing Fee may also be paid in person at the Cashier's window, located on the second floor of 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804.

Cashier Hours:  8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Alternatively, Landlords may pay the Rental Housing Fee online at https://etrakit.ci.richmond.ca.us. Under the “Permits” heading, click, “Pay Fees.” Select your name from the “Contractor/Landlord Login.” Your password is the highest APN (parcel) number of all rental properties you own in the City of Richmond (first nine digits, no dashes.)

When is the Rental Housing Fee due?

Payment of the Rental Housing Fee is due (postmarked) no later than thirty (30) days after the date of invoice.

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 (%)
1-3010% of the Rental Housing Fee
31-6025% of the Rental Housing Fee
>6050% of the Rental Housing Fee
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 amount of the Rental Housing Fee is based on the annual operating budget adopted by the Rent Board.

Further reading: 2018-19 Rent Program Budget and Fee Study

Don't see your question? Please submit your question via email to rent@ci.richmond.ca.us with "Fee Question" in the subject line.