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**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 M -F 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please leave a message and a housing counselor will return your call within 24 hours. You may also visit our website at

All hearings, mediations and Rent Board meetings scheduled through April 10th 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.

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

Tenants may challenge a loss of service if they believe it is more than the allowed increase. To challenge a loss of service, a tenant may file a petition for a service that:

  • is no longer offered;
  • used to be covered by property owners, but the tenant is now being charged for;
  • has changed substantially since move-in;
  • is a serious defect in the unit that affects the health or safety in the unit.

Tenants may challenge a rent increase if they believe it is more than the allowed increase. To challenge a rent increase, a tenant must file a petition either:

  • Within 90 days of receiving the notice of rent increase with a Rent Adjustment Program Notice
  • OR within 120 days of receiving the notice of rent increase if the tenant did not receive the Rent Adjustment Program Notice

Here’s a checklist of what you, as a tenant, will need to file this petition:

  • Contact information for the property owner or property manager
  • Reasons you are filing the petition, based on a rent increase or loss of housing services.
  • Your rental history, including date of rent increase(s)
  • If applicable, description of lost housing services, the date when the housing service loss began, and estimated dollar value of housing service loss