General Instructions for Filing a Rent Adjustment Petition:
Step 1: Prior to the submission of a Rent Adjustment Petition, it is recommended that all petitioners contact the Rent Program to speak with a Rent Program Services Analyst. Rent Program staff members remain available to assist members of the public by phone (510) 234-RENT and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) during regular office hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-4:00PM. The Rent Program only provides remote counseling either by phone or Zoom. You may request an appointment by submitting an Appointment Request Form.
Step 2: Complete the Tenant or Landlord packet and applicable attachment(s).
Step 3: Serve a copy on all parties and complete the Proof of Service contained in the Tenant or Landlord packet.
Step 4: File an original copy with the Rent Program using the following method:
- By mail: Mail to the City of Richmond Rent Program, Attn: Hearings Unit, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 200, Richmond, CA 94804
- By Email: Attn: Hearings Unit at email@example.com
Tenant Petition Attachments:
Attachment A: Excess Rent Due to Overcharges or Increase in Security Deposit
Attachment B: Excess Rent Based on Overpayment Due to the Condition of the Rental Unit and/or Reduction in Rent Due to Decrease in Space/Services; Substantial Deterioration; Failure to Provide Adequate Services; Failure to Comply with Codes or the Implied Warranty of Habitability
Attachment C: Reduction in Number of Tenants
For Landlord Use:
Landlord Petition Filing Instructions
Landlord Petition Packet for Individual Rent Adjustment (must be completed by all Landlords submitting a petition, in addition to the appropriate petition attachment)
Landlord Petition Attachments:
Attachment A: Petition for Rent Increase under Fair Return Standard: Maintenance of Net Operating Income (MNOI)
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Attachment B: Increase in Number of Occupants Allowed
Attachment C: Change in Space or Services
Attachment D: Restoration of Denied Annual General Adjustments (AGAs)
Attachment E: Increase in Security Deposit Due to Addition of Pet(s)
Request for an Administrative Determination of Exempt Status
Petition to Determine Exempt Status
Petition for Initial Rent Determination (To Reset or Maintain the Initial Rental Rate)