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Rent Adjustment Program

The Oakland City Council adopted the Rent Adjustment Program (RAP) 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.

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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 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 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 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.

EFFECTIVE MARCH 27, 2020: TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS AND RENT INCREASES AND PROHIBITION OF RENTAL LATE FEES RESULTING FROM FINANCIAL IMPACTS RELATED TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DURING LOCAL EMERGENCY

On March 9, 2020 the Oakland City Administrator issued a proclamation of Local Emergency which was ratified by the Oakland City Council on March 12, 2020, due to the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. On March 27, 2020 the City Council passed an Ordinance that establishes a moratorium on most evictions and rent increases above the local CPI or fair return during the Local Emergency. The Ordinance also prohibits late fees if rent was late due to COVID-19 reasons.

Emergency Ordinance https://oakland.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4406542&GUID=EAF35294-F356-4895-A87A-0C1B9CE4D0C3&Options=&Search=

For the most up to date information on the City's response to the Coronavirus, visit: https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/covid-19

EFFECTIVE MARCH 23, 2020: SUSPENSION OF ALL TIME-LIMITS AND DEADLINES FOR RAP

On March 23, 2020, the Oakland City Administrator issued an Executive Order which suspends all time-limits and deadlines for all Rent Adjustment Program petitions, appeals, and other matters for the duration of the local emergency.

Emergency Order https://www.oaklandca.gov/news/2020/emergency-order-suspends-certain-provisions-of-local-laws-policies-regulations

About

Rent Adjustment Phone Hours:

MONDAY-THURSDAY 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

(Calls are generally limited to 10 minutes)

Rent Adjustment Drop In Service Hours:

(Drop in hours located on 6th Floor in the Housing Resource Center, Suite 6301)

MON THROUGH THURS: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

NO DROP IN HOURS ON FRIDAYS

(Visits are generally limited to 10 minutes)

Address:

250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5313

Oakland, CA 94612

Phone Number:

(510) 238-3721

Fax Number:

(510) 238-6181