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Any property with a Rental Unit, as defined in Section 11.100.030 of the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance, is subject to the Rental Housing Fee. This includes units exempt from rent control but subject to just cause for eviction requirements, such as single family homes, condominiums, and new construction.
Each year, the Richmond City Council adopts the Rental Housing Fee for the upcoming fiscal year following a recommendation from the Rent Board. The amount of the Rental Housing Fee for past, current, and future years is contained in the table below.
The Rental Housing Fee may also be paid in person at the Cashier's window, located on the second floor of 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804.
Cashier Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Alternatively, Landlords may pay the Rental Housing Fee online at https://etrakit.ci.richmond.ca.us. Under the “Permits” heading, click, “Pay Fees.” Select your name from the “Contractor/Landlord Login.” Your password is the highest APN (parcel) number of all rental properties you own in the City of Richmond (first nine digits, no dashes.)
Payment of the Rental Housing Fee is due (postmarked) no later than thirty (30) days after the date of receipt of the invoice.
In order to qualify for the FY 18/19 Governmentally-Subsidized Rental Housing Fee, the owner must be participating in one of the following programs for the Rental Unit in question (see Regulation 202 for detail):
A. Rental units in which a tenant household holds a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and where the rent not does exceed the Payment Standard as published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
B. Rental units for which the rent is subsidized by the Project-Based Section 8 Program
C. Rental units that are “rent restricted” in a Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program Project. “Rent Restricted” means the rent charged for the unit is affordable for a qualifying Tenant pursuant to the Regulatory Agreement.
D. Rental units for which the rent is subsidized by the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program
E. Rental units that are “rent restricted” under a regulatory agreement between a governmental agency and a property owner. “Rent Restricted” means the rent charged for the unit is affordable for a qualifying Tenant pursuant to the Regulatory Agreement.
Yes. Failure to pay the Rental Housing Fee before the filing of an Unlawful Detainer (eviction) lawsuit is a complete defense to an unlawful detainer (RMC 11.100.060(s)(3)).
In addition, the City Council adopted monetary penalties for late payment of the Rental Housing Fee, as shown in the table below. The City Council is also authorized to assess a lien on property where there are outstanding Rental Housing Fees (see Ordinance No. 16-17).
The Rental Housing Fee is assessed to a Rental Unit, not the Landlord. The Rent Ordinance requires that all Landlords pay the Rental Housing Fee, and defines Landlords as including all successors of interest. As such, the owner on the property title, as recorded by the Contra Costa County Assessor, is responsible for paying the Rental Housing Fee, irrespective of when the property title was transferred.
The Rent Program is designed to be a cost-recovery department, meaning its operations will not require assistance from the City's General Fund. Instead, the Rent Program will rely on the Rental Housing Fee to generate the funds necessary to provide services to landlords, tenants, and community members.
The amount of the Rental Housing Fee is based on the annual operating budget adopted by the Rent Board.
Further reading: 2019-20 Rent Program Budget and Fee Study
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Public Hearing for appeals must be scheduled and heard within 30 days after the appeal is filed. The Clerk selects the date of the hearing and sends a letter to the appellant informing him/her of the date of the hearing and the hearing procedures. [Online Fillable Form]
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Contact the Police Department's abandoned hotline number at 510-620-6644.
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The Administrative Citation for the first offense is $250.00 per Richmond Municipal Code (RMC) violation, the 2nd Administrative Citation $500.00 per RMC violation, and 3rd Administrative Citation $1,000.00 per RMC violations OR the Officer can issue a Non-Compliance Notification in the amount of $308.00 ($243.00 for Inspection and Notice and $65.00 Re-Inspection). The City may also abate the violation at the property owners expense.
You also have the right to an Appeal which must be filed within the time frame given for correction. There is a cost to file an Appeal. A Hardship Waiver package can also be obtained from the Code Enforcement Unit.
If your Appeal is granted you will be notified of the date and time of Hearing.
Each owner of a premises shall start services within seven (7) days of the occupancy of a premises. If owner fails to start service, the collector shall give owner a written notification that such service is required. If service is not initiated within fifteen (15) days from the date of mailing of notice, then collector shall initiate and continue service for the owner.
It is the duty of every owner of any premises to maintain receptacles provided by the collector for receiving and holding all the solid wastes created or accumulated upon said premises between the times for the collection of the solid waste, and to deposit all such solid waste therein. All receptacles shall be kept in a sanitary condition at all times and shall not be placed within the limits of any street or other public place in the City, except that the owner of any premises shall place receptacles at the curb in a location reasonably convenient for semi-automated or automated collection on the regularly scheduled days established by the City or the collector for collection of solid wastes in the area.
Every owner of a single or multiple-family residential dwelling shall provide and keep receptacles of an adequate size and in sufficient numbers to contain, without overflowing, all the refuses generated by the dwelling residents within the designated removal period. The owner shall provide a minimum of one receptacle per family residential dwelling unit or the equivalent thereof as agreed between the owner and the collector pursuant to Richmond Municipal Code 9.20.170.
Contact Code Enforcement Administrative staff at 510- 620-6944 for additional information.
Yes, the City will still hold Council meetings; however, the City Council will participate via teleconferencing. How to watch the meeting from home:
KCRT – Comcast Channel 28 or AT&T Uverse Channel 99
Livestream online at http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/3178/KCRT-Live
Yes, all public safety departments will be available, with modified public access.
The Police Department lobby will NOT be open to the public. Please call 911 for emergency services, use the phone outside of the lobby doors, or contact our non-emergency line 510-233-1214 to file a report.
For more information about specific city departments, please visit Impact to City Services and Facilities.
All public spaces will remain open for use. When using them, please be mindful of your safety and maintaining social distance.
Yes, all garbage, recycling, and other waste will still be picked up on the scheduled days.
Yes, street sweeping will still be happening as scheduled. The city will not ticket cars if they are not moved, but please move your cars if possible so they can maintain street cleanliness.
Health Information and Community Resources
Our Paratransit services are still available for seniors and disabled individuals.
In regards transit services (Bart & AC Transit), services remain unchanged
Yes, all public transit options (bus, train) will still be running their regular schedule. Please be mindful of social distancing when taking public transportation.
Please visit https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/ for more information or reach out to the Contra Costa Health Services for more information about which businesses are affected by the Public Health Order.
For any other questions or concerns about the “shelter-in-place” order, please visit https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/ for more information or reach out to the Contra Costa Health Services.
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**On-line payments (Google Chrome) http://etrakit.ci.richmond.ca.us
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Under License Tab
Select search – If using license or business number NO SPACE/DASH
Select search – verify information & double click
Fee Tab indicates the amount due
Verify amount and select “Pay All Fees”
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(2) When you hire a company to make repairs to your sewer or water line and all permits are obtained from the Engineering Division 510-307-8091 make sure pictures of the roots are taken and call 510-231-3075 to view the roots with the trench still open. You can then file a claim with the City Clerk's Office 510-620-6513 for reimbursement of costs.
Call the Records Section of the Police Department at 510-620-6675 to confirm the report is available. Reports are usually ready for pickup in about 7 to 10 days and cost $20 per report. Certain offense reports may not be released if the case is under investigation or there will be a danger to any individual listed on the report. No juvenile information will be given out.
Yes. We call this a "vacation home" and we like to know about them. Please call the Dispatch Manager Michael Schlemmer at 510-620-6660 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to report your vacation home information.
First, you will need to provide us with the vehicle license plate number or VIN. If you are the owner, you must have a valid California driver’s license. If the vehicle is currently registered, under most circumstances, we can issue a release ($63 release fee). You will be responsible for towing and storage fees to the tow company. You may also be responsible for administrative fees to the Richmond Police Department. There are specific Vehicle Codes and Municipal Codes that allow the Richmond Police Department to charge up to $314.00, depending on the situation. If your vehicle was impounded for driving without a license, and had been previously towed for the same violation, it can be held in impound for a period of 30 days. You will have to contact the Records section at 510-620-6675 *1, and you may have to speak with a detective to obtain a release.
To clear a warrant you can surrender yourself to any police department. You may be issued a citation with a court date or be held in jail with or without bail.
Persons eligible to participate in the ride-along program are: 1.Officials of the City of Richmond 2.District Attorneys 3.Potential police candidates for employment 4.Richmond residents or business owners 5.Students who reside or attend school within the city limits A Citizen Ride Along Program Record form must be filled out and submitted to the Watch Commander in order to schedule the ride-along. There are specific requirements which must be met, and an Agreement to Assume Certain Risks and Indemnify the Richmond Police Department must also be signed. For further information you may contact the Watch Commander at 510-620-1801.
Explorer Program:To become involved in the Explorer Program you can contact Explorer Program Coordinator Sergeant Melgoza at 510-620-1598. You must fill out an application and mail it to 1701 Regatta Blvd, Richmond, CA, attention Sergeant Melgoza.
To obtain a restraining order contact the Contra Costa County Clerk’s Office in Richmond 510-374-3138 or Martinez 925-646-2950.
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You can also call the West County Conflict Resolution Panel, which is made up of trained community service volunteers. This is a FREE service and will assist you in working toward mutual resolutions. The phone number is 925-687-8844 extension 301.
For a complaint: Submit a Service/Personnel Complaint Form. The form is available in the column at the upper left of the RPD Home page. This page must be printed out, filled in, and signed by the complainant. In the alternative, you may call the Office of Professional Accountability at 510-620-6664 or speak directly to the employee's supervisor.
A second area, the “inner perimeter” keeps officers and other emergency personnel out of the identified crime scene and helps protect evidence from being destroyed. All persons entering and exiting must be logged in and out. Once the Crime Scene Investigator and the Detectives have finished their investigation the area is re-opened to the public.
Every effort is made to reunite evidence and found property with its lawful owner. However, evidence determined to be relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation cannot be released until it has been determined if any charges will be filed with the court and/or a detective authorizes the release. Statutes of limitations also determine how long evidence can be stored. The longest an item can be kept is 99 years (homicide evidence) and the shortest is about 2 years. Every few years, the Property Technicians conduct thorough inventories of evidence and property. Evidence and found property that is unclaimed and in good condition is catalogued and sent to public auction. Any money derived from the sale comes back to the Police Department.
Awarding to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder limits our ability to develop business relationships with suppliers. Because of this, we maintain an arms length association with suppliers. This is one of the many ways we try to minimize corruption in public procurement. Our goal is to treat all suppliers the same.
You may expend considerable time and money in presenting your product to an individual department in the hopes of making a sale. If you do this, remember the purchase may eventually be made by competitive bid and be awarded to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder.
NEVER SHIP MATERIALS OR INITIATE ANY SERVICES, WITHOUT A PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER!
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The Rental Housing Fee funds the Rent Program, the Agency responsible for enforcement of the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance (Rent Ordinance), approved by Richmond voters in November 2016 and codified in Section 11.100 of the Richmond Municipal Code.
The Rent Program offers the following services to community members (this list is not exhaustive; the tasks below are identified for illustrative purposes only):
The Rental Housing Fee also funds administrative functions of the Rent Program, including, but not limited to:
For more information about how the amount of the Rental Housing Fee is determined, please see the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget and Rental Housing Fee Study, approved by the Rent Board on March 20, 2019.
The Annual General Adjustment rent increase may only be applied if the tenancy began PRIOR TO September 1 of the PRIOR year. Prior to June 30 each year, the Rent Board announces the amount of the Annual General Adjustment. The Annual General Adjustment is not effective, and may not be imposed, prior to September 1. Consistent with State law, a minimum 30-day notice of a rent increase is required. For more information, please visit http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/3376/Rent-Increase.
Visit richmondrent.org/enroll to access the online enrollment form.
Call (510) 234-RENT (7368) to speak with a Rent Program Services Analyst (phones are attended to Monday through Friday, from 9 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 4 PM.) Alternatively, you may send an email to email@example.com, or stop by the Rent Program office, located on the second floor of 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804, Monday through Friday, from 9 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 4 PM.
The Rental Housing Fee may be paid online, in-person, or by mail. Please visit richmondrent.org/billing for payment instructions. Payment instructions are included on the Rental Housing Fee invoice mailed to property owners. Didn't receive an invoice? Please call (510) 234 - RENT (7368) for assistance.
The Rent Program does not administer nor regulate the law centered around emotional support, assistance, or services animals. Such an administration falls solely with the State and Federal Government. Nor does the Rent Program maintain the accuracy of information provided through the Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) websites or brochures.
To understand your rights and obligations as it relates to emotional support, assistance, or services animals, please contact an attorney.
For a directory of free and low-cost legal assistance, please refer to the Rent Program resource directory, at http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/41438/Updated-Landlord-and-Tenant-Resources-Directory-4-20-18?bidId=.
There is also information online that may inform you of your rights and obligations. For your convenience, staff has attached hyperlinks to HUD’s website describing rights obligations as it pertains to emotional support, assistance, or services animals:https://archives.hud.gov/news/2013/servanimals_ntcfheo2013-01.pdfhttps://archives.hud.gov/news/2013/huddojstatement.pdfhttps://archives.hud.gov/news/2013/pr13-060.cfm
On June 19, 2019, the Rent Board rescinded Subsection (C) of Regulation 605, eliminating the requirement for Landlords to return excess rent via a cashier’s check with 10 days. In lieu of this requirement, and upon agreement of the Tenant, excess rent may be returned to the Tenant through the execution of a repayment agreement between the Tenant and Landlord, a reduction of Tenant’s rent until the amount is satisfied, the Landlord's partial payment of the amount owed combined with a reduction in rent, or other calculable forms of repayment. Under Section 11.100.100 of the Richmond Municipal Code, Tenants may not waive any provisions of the Rent Ordinance, which means that under any repayment plan, Tenants cannot waive or modify the amount of excess rent owed. The Tenant may only agree to modify the method and form of repayment. As is prudent practice, Landlords and Tenants are encouraged to document any agreement in writing and may request mediation through the Rent Program to facilitate an excess rent repayment agreement. Tenants who choose not to agree to a repayment plan, or whose Landlord fails to adhere to a previously agreed upon repayment plan, may file an Excess Rent petition with the Rent Program to compel the Landlord to refund any excess rent owed.
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