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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.

New Evening Drop In Service Hours at the Oakland Public Library

Are you a renter who has questions about your rights and responsibilities? Are you a property owner who's looking for more information about The City of Oakland’s Rent Adjustment Program Ordinance? Get help for these or other rental housing related questions. Visit the library on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm for drop-in counseling with the City of Oakland’s Rent Adjustment Program staff for Oakland Rental Property Owners & Tenants.

1st Wednesday of the Month (Cantonese and English): Asian Branch Library, 388 9th St.

2nd Wednesday: 81st Avenue Branch Library, 1021 81st Ave.

3rd Wednesday (Spanish and English): César E. Chávez Branch Library, 3301 East 12th St., Ste. 271

4th Wednesday: West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St.

About the Rent Adjustment Program and view the flyer!

The Oakland City Council adopted the Rent Adjustment Program Ordinance (OMC Chapter 8.22) in 1980. This ordinance sets the maximum annual rent increase based on the annual CPI increase, handles rent adjustments for claims of decreases in housing services and handles other rent related matters. The purpose of this program is to foster fair housing for a diverse population of renters and enforce the Rent Adjustment Ordinance set out by the City of Oakland.

You can also contact a Rent Program Housing Counselor by calling (510) 238-3721 or visiting during drop-in hours at the Housing Resource Center on the 6th Floor of 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza See the their webpage for more information.

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Changes to Oakland Rental Law Affecting Owner Occupied Duplexes and Triplexes

As of June 5, 2019, all units in an owner occupied duplex or triplex are now covered by rent control. Property owners must now pay the annual Rent Adjustment Program fee.

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.

Property owners may use the Property Owner Petition to Transitional Rent Increase for Owner-Occupied Duplex or Triplex form to file the petition. Tenants may use the Tenant Response to Transitional Rent Increase Petition form to respond to a petition filed by their property owner.


The Rent Adjustment Program is now holding workshops for both landlords and tenants. Attend an upcoming workshop to learn more about the Rent Adjustment Program Ordinance and other housing laws relevant in Oakland. The calendar provides different dates for topics which include Rights and Responsibilities for Landlords/Tenants, Landlord 101 and Tenants Rights.

View Workshop Schedule