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 LatePenalty (%)
1-3010% of the Rental Housing Fee
31-6025% of the Rental Housing Fee
>6050% of the Rental Housing Fee


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1. Which properties are subject to the Rental Housing Fee?
2. How much is the Rental Housing Fee?
3. How can I pay the Rental Housing Fee?
4. When is the Rental Housing Fee due?
5. Does my Rental Unit qualify for the Rental Housing Fee for Governmentally-Subsidized Rental Units?
6. Are there penalties for late or nonpayment of the Rental Housing Fee?
7. I recently purchased a rental property. Whose responsibility is it to pay the Rental Housing Fee?
8. Why is the Rental Housing Fee necessary?
9. How was the amount of the Rental Housing Fee calculated?