Respond to an Owner Petition for Rent Increase, Exemption, or Extension of Time for Vacancy

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Complete a Tenant Response to Owner Petition for Rent Increase (New Version as of 5/21/2021) includes required Proof of Service
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Complete a Tenant Response to Owner Petition for Exemption (New Version as of 5/21/2021) includes required Proof of Service
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Complete a Tenant Response to Owner Petition for Extension of Time for Tenant Vacancy for Repairs (New Version as of 5/21/2021) includes required Proof of Service

Tenant Responses may be filed either by downloading and filling out the respective paper form (see above) or by filing online through the RAP online petition and response system (portal).

Note: You cannot file an online response to a petition through the portal unless you have access to either the RAP case number or the electronic petition number (which only exists if the petitioner filed their petition through the online system).

All other responses should be submitted on paper via mail to the Rent Adjustment Program Office at 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza Ste. 5313 Oakland, CA 94612; or via email at hearingsunit@oaklandca.gov.

All responses must be received in the Rent Adjustment Program office on the 30th calendar day from the date of the proof of service for the petition if the petition was served in person; and the 35th calendar day from the date of the proof of service for petitions that were served by mail.

How to Respond to an Owner Petition

There are 3 ways for Tenant Responses to be submitted to the Rent Adjustment Program:

1.) By Email: Tenant Responses may be submitted by downloading and completing the PDF versions of response forms above and by emailing the forms to RAP. You may email RAP at hearingsunit@oaklandca.gov. Once RAP has accepted your petition, you will receive a confirmation email.

2.) By Mail: Due to the Shelter-in-Place Order, we are no longer accepting in-person responses and related materials in our office. Responses can be submitted to the Rent Adjustment Program by mail at the address below:

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

3.) Online Petition Filing: We also offer an online portal where you can submit your response to a property owner petition by responding to a questionnaire online. To submit your response to a property owner petition, click here. (Note: New Version as of 6/3/2021 includes required Proof of Service).