Rent Adjustment Program

Efficiency Ordinance

On October 20, 2020, Oakland City Council passed an efficiency ordinance which amended the Rent Adjustment Ordinance to better support the goal of fair and timely case resolutions. Among other elements, the ordinance requires all parties to serve their petition and petition related documents to the opposing side and to file a proof of service with the Rent Adjustment Program. In addition, the ordinance allows a speaking time for each party in appeal hearings to 3 minutes each, and institutes attendance requirements for the Rent Adjustment Board members.

For the full text of the ordinance, please select the link below:

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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.

On July 21, 2020 Oakland City Council adopted amendments to the Tenant Protection Ordinance. Among other elements, the ordinance limits the overall maximum rent increase consistent with recent state law, limits late fees, prohibits unilateral changes to the terms of tenancy, allows one for one replacement of roommates, provides a 5% rent increase for new roommates, and strengthens the enforcement of tenant protections.


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


(Visits are generally limited to 10 minutes)


250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5313

Oakland, CA 94612

Phone Number:

(510) 238-3721

Fax Number:

(510) 238-6181