Rent Review Program
Rent Review Ordinance
On October 3, 2017, the Fremont City Council adopted the Rent Review Ordinance, effective January 1, 2018. The ordinance 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.
Rent Review Process
A tenant challenging a rent increase will first be encouraged to resolve the matter through consultation which may include mediation. In the event the rent dispute is not resolved through consultation, either a landlord or a tenant may ask for a hearing before a Rent Review Board composed of five members (two tenants, two landlords, and one neutral party) appointed by the City Council.
Both landlords and tenants are required to participate in the process at no charge to the participants. While the recommendations of the Rent Review Board are not binding, the City believes that by providing a neutral setting for discussion led by a trained Rent Review Board, the rent review process will result in fair and equitable resolutions to both parties.
The City will be conducting extensive community outreach on the new ordinance for both tenants and landlords. Information will be provided in multiple languages. Outcome data will be collected on the new ordinance, and a report will be provided to the City Council in early 2019.
Rent Review Board
The purpose of the Rent Review Board is to evaluate the reasonableness of proposed rent increases at the request of either a landlord or tenant. Appointments to the Rent Review Board are expected to occur at a City Council meeting in January 2018, with the first meeting taking place in February 2018. For more information, visit the City's Rent Review Board webpage.