Residential Rent Increase Dispute Resolution
New Rent Review Ordinance
On October 3, 2017, the Fremont City Council amended the Residential Rent Increase Dispute Resolution Ordinance (RRIDRO) and adopted the Rent Review Ordinance (RRO) which will go into effect on January 1, 2018. The RRO covers all residential rental units in Fremont, including single family homes. The Rent Review Program provides for a review and, if necessary, a formal hearing for proposed rent increases in excess of 5 percent in any 12-month period. For more information on the Rent Review Ordinance, visit Fremont.gov/RentReview.
Under California Civil Code Section 827(b), a Landlord must provide a Tenant with 30 days notice prior to a rent increase of 10 percent (10%) or less and 60 days notice of a rent increase greater than 10 percent (10%). In addition, Chapter 9.60 of the Fremont Municipal Code requires that a Landlord must at the same time provide and serve this written notice of the City’s Rent Review Program. This program provides a procedure for Landlords and Tenants to meet to discuss issues related to rent increases. Information about this program and a copy of Chapter 9.60 are available on the City’s website at www.Fremont.gov/RentReview; at the City of Fremont Family Resource Center located at 39155 Liberty Street in Fremont, California; at the Development Services Center located at 39550 Liberty Street in Fremont, California; and at other locations designated by the Human Services Director. Copies are also available in English and the most commonly used languages within the City as determined by the Human Services Director.
You are encouraged to contact the owner or manager of your rental unit whose name is ___________________(Landlord to insert the name of the Responsible Party) at _________________(Landlord to insert email address and telephone number) to discuss this rent increase for your rental unit. In addition, if you have received notice of a rent increase of more than five percent (5%) in the last 12 months, you are also entitled to a review by the City’s Rent Review Board. To initiate the rent review process, you must request rent review by contacting (510) 733-4945 within 15 days of the date of the notice of the rent increase. Your Landlord will be notified of your request and you will be contacted by a housing professional to discuss the rent increase. Please note that petitioning for rent review does not guarantee a reduction in the rent increase.