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File a Tenant Petition
Tenants may challenge a loss of service or rent increase if they believe it is more than the allowed increase.
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
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.
If you do not file a petition by the deadline, your case may be dismissed.
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 14 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)
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.