File a Property Owner Petition

Property owners may petition for certain rent increases, exemptions from the Rent Adjustment Program, and removing property from the rental market.

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File Property Owner Petition for Rent Increase or Exemption Online
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Property Owner Petition Form for Rent Increases PDF
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Landlord Petition for Exemption from the Rent Adjustment Program

**COVID-19 Related Service Update**

Due to the Shelter In Place Order issued on March 16, 2020, all drop-in housing counseling and workshops have been canceled.

Rent Program staff members remain available to assist members of the public by phone at (510) 238 - 3721 during normal business hours Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please leave a message and a housing counselor will return your call within 24 hours. You may also email us at rap@oaklandca.gov. Please visit our website at www.oaklandca.gov/rap

All hearings, mediations and Rent Board meetings scheduled through May 31, 2020 are postponed until further notice. Parties will receive notice of a new hearing date in the mail.

New petitions should be submitted online. All petition related documents should be submitted by mail to 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5313, Oakland, CA 94612 or by email to rap@oaklandca.gov.

All eviction notices should be scanned and submitted via email to evictionnotices@oaklandca.gov. All documents for Ellis Act cases should be mailed to: 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5313, Oakland, Ca 94612.

Rent Increases

Rent increases based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) are allowed. Rent increases based on banking also are allowed. Banking includes any CPI-based rent increase that the landlord delays. The property owner can impose these increases at a later date.

Property owners who want to increase rent more than the CPI increase must submit a petition.

Property owners may file petitions for:

A certificate of exemption

Property owners may petition for exemption from the Rent Adjustment Program if they meet certain qualifications.

Use the Landlord Petition for Exemption from the Rent Adjustment Ordinance to file.

Approval of a rent increase above the annual CPI increase:

Property owners who want to increase rent more than the CPI increase must submit a petition.

Use the Property Owner Petition Form for Approval of Rent Increase to file.

Challenge a Tenant's Claim of Protected Status

Property owners may file a petition in response to a tenant claiming a protected status.

Use Property Owner Petition Form for Challenging a Protected Status.

Transitional Rent Increase:

Property owners of newly covered duplex/triplex units may petition for a rent increase above the annual CPI if the owner did not increase rents or increased rents less than the CPI limits between 11/7/15 and 11/6/18. The petition must be filed before June 30, 2020 and may not serve a rent increase until the Rent Program issues a decision.

Use the Transitional Rent Increase for Owner-Occupied Duplex or Triplex form to file.

There is no filing fee for any petition, response or appeal.

  • Please attach to the petition any copies of documents related to your case.
  • You can update your contact information and add supporting documents up until 7 days before your set hearing date.

You can submit the petition online or download the form. You can submit your completed forms:

  • Online through the application portal
  • By mail
  • In person at the Housing Resource Center on the 6th floor (250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 6th Floor, Oakland, CA 94602)

Representatives

Consultants, lawyers, advocates, or other representatives may help file the petition and represent the tenant or owner during the hearing. They must be identified on the petition form or in a letter to Rent Adjustment Program.

Mailing Address:

250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5313
Oakland, California 94612