Tenant Petition
Important Information
REMINDER: ONCE A PETITION IS SUBMITTED TO THE CITY IT BECOMES A PUBLIC RECORD. PLEASE REDACT ANY PRIVATE INFORMATION (SUCH AS BANK ACCOUNT NUMBERS, CREDIT CARD NUMBERS, OR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS) AS PART OF THIS PETITION. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT CITY STAFF AT (510) 238-3721

Time to File: This form must be received within the time limit for filing a petition as set out in the Rent Adjustment Ordinance, Oakland Municipal Code, Chapter 8.22. For more information, please call: (510) 238-3721.
 
NOTICE: Changes to Petition Filing Requirements
Due to changes in the Rent Adjustment Ordinance, all petitioners are required to serve a complete copy of the petition submitted to the Rent Adjustment Program ("RAP") directly on the opposing parties. Therefore, a tenant is required to serve their Tenant Petition on the property owner and/or the owner's designated representative; property owners are required to serve their petitions directly on all tenants affected by an owner's petition for approval of rent increase or exemption.

Note: For your petition to be considered complete, you must submit a Proof of Service to the RAP office asserting that you have served a copy of the entire petition with any additional documents on the property owner (or designated representative). A copy of your completed and signed Proof of Service must be included with the petition and documents you serve on the property owner.

The Proof of Service form will appear after you finish and submit this online petition. Please complete and sign the Proof of Service and upload it to your RAP online petition file. You will be able to print copies of the petition and of the Proof of Service to mail and to keep for your records. If you have a problem uploading your Proof of Service, you may mail it to the Rent Adjustment Program. Be sure to include your petition number that the system generated for you.
       
        Rent Adjustment Program
        250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5313
        Oakland, CA 94612-0243
File Review: The Rent Adjustment office will mail you and the property owner a letter informing you of the case number (which is different than your online petition number) and the date of any required appearances regarding your case. The property owner will be required to submit a property owner response and to mail you a copy of that document and any other documents that they submit. If you want to review the file, you may make an appointment to review the case file or request copies by calling the RAP office at (510)-238-3721.

You must file a petition within  90 days of the date you received the rent increase or when the loss of housing services began. If you did not receive a RAP Notice with the rent increase you are contesting but have received it in the past, you have 120 days to file a petition. If you have never received a RAP Notice, you may file at any time and you may contest all rent increases. (O.M.C. 822.090.A.3)  
Notice Information

 
Note: You have until 7 days before the hearing date to submit additional documentation for your case.

Here’s a checklist of what you, as a tenant, will need to file this petition:
     - Contact information for the property owner or property manager
     -  Reasons you are filing the petition, based on a rent increase or loss of housing services.
     - Your rental history, including date of rent increase(s)
     -  If applicable, description of lost housing services, the date when the housing service loss began, and estimated dollar value of housing service loss.

Optional: Evidence supporting your petition, such as copies of rent increase notices, receipts, written notices, photographs and any correspondence with the property manager or property owner.

 
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