General Instructions for Filing a Rent Adjustment Petition:
Step 1: Prior to the submission of a Rent Adjustment Petition, it is recommended that all petitioners contact the Rent Program to speak with a Rent Program Services Analyst. The Rent Program Office is located on the second floor of 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804. Please call (510) 234-RENT (7368) to schedule a phone or in-person appointment. In addition, residents may seek free legal assistance with their petition at the weekly Housing Rights Clinic, held on Mondays from 9 AM - 12 PM at Catholic Charities of the East Bay, located at 217 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA 94804. Please call (510) 233-9954 to RSVP.
Step 2: Complete the Tenant or Landlord packet and applicable attachment(s).
Step 3: Serve a copy on all parties and complete the Proof of Service contained in the Tenant or Landlord packet.
Step 4: File an original copy with the Rent Program using one of the following methods:
In person: Deliver to the Rent Program Office, located on the second floor of 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804, Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 4 PM
By mail: Mail to the City of Richmond Rent Program, Attn: Hearings Unit, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 200, Richmond, CA 94804
Tenant Petition Packet (must be completed by all Tenants submitting a petition, in addition to the appropriate petition attachment)
Tenant Petition Attachments:
Attachment A: Excess Rent Due to Overcharges or Failure to Refund Security Deposit
Attachment B: Excess Rent Based on Overpayment Due to the Condition of the Rental Unit and/or Reduction in Rent Due to Decrease in Space/Services; Substantial Deterioration; Failure to Provide Adequate Services; Failure to Comply with Codes or the Implied Warranty of Habitability