Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC)

     The RRAC consists of 2 Tenants, 2 Landlords and 1 Homeowner who is neither a Tenant nor Landlord.

    About the Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC)

    The Committee is made up of five volunteers: two landlords, two tenants, and one homeowner. Members are Alameda residents appointed by the Mayor with confirmation by the City Council.  The RRAC meets monthly to consider and make decisions on rent increases under their purview. Members are not advocates for tenants or landlords; rather, the RRAC supports communication between the parties in an effort to resolve disputes or concerns about rent increases.


    RRAC common criteria under consideration include, but are not limited to:

    1. The frequency, amount and presence or absences of prior rent increases
    Example: history of rent increases.

    2. The landlord's costs of operation
    Examples: repair costs, property taxes, etc.

    3. Any increases or decreases in housing services since the last rent increase
    Examples: maintenance resulting in a change in housing services, changes in lease provisions.

    4. The financial impact on the tenant - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
    Example: ability to pay rent.

    5. The landlord's interest in earning a just and reasonable rate of return on the property - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
    Example: net operating income (minus debt and taxes).

    The Rent Review Advisory Committee does not provide legal advice. Each landlord and tenant is responsible for seeking the advice of legal counsel on any matters or document related to their specific circumstances.


    Attendance at the RRAC hearing

    • When the rent increase offer is 5% or less, the tenant and a landlord with the authority to make decisions and enter into binding agreements must attend.
    • When the rent increase offer is in excess of 5%, the tenant and the landlord with an ownership interest in the property must attend.

    Individuals are welcome to bring an advocate, but the tenant and landlord must also attend.


    Mediation opportunities

    Free, private mediation services are available in the City of Alameda. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact staff. Click here to learn more about mediation. 

    At times, landlords and tenants are able to work out a mutually agreeable arrangement prior to the rent increase hearing. If you choose this approach and are successful, file the Landlord & Tenant Acknowledgement of Agreement Form RP-05 and the hearing will be canceled. If an agreement is reached and Form RP-05 is submitted more than one week prior to the scheduled hearing, the documents regarding the increase will not be published online.


    RRAC hearing process

    Initial submission: Documents submitted for the rent increase review will be shared with the affected parties. 

    One week prior to the scheduled RRAC hearing: If the landlord and the tenant have not reached a written agreement about the rent increase at least one week prior to the RRAC meeting date, the item will be placed on the RRAC agenda. RRAC members receive a copy of the agenda as well as all paperwork and supportive documents submitted by the tenant and landlord.

    At the hearing: The landlord and tenant must be in attendance. RRAC members allow the tenant and landlord to voice their priorities and concerns. The members may ask clarifying questions and encourage communication between the tenant and landlord. If parties reach an agreement during the RRAC process, the rent increase becomes effective as the parties have agreed. If there is no agreement, the RRAC will make a decision concerning the rent increase based on the information provided by both parties.

    RRAC decisions: Landlords and tenants should discuss with the Rent Stabilization Program staff whether the RRAC decision is or is not binding on their unit.


    Rent reviews are public

    • All written information submitted to the Rent Stabilization Program is considered a public record and must be disclosed if a member of the public requests the information under the State Public Records Act and/or the City’s Sunshine Ordinance. In some cases, however, the City Attorney may determine that the individual’s right to privacy significantly outweighs the public’s right to have the information disclosed, in which case the information will not be released. That determination is made on a case-by-case basis.
    • Documents submitted for rent increase review will have some personal information, such as tenant phone numbers and email addresses redacted.  Unless the parties have reached a written agreement concerning the rent increase one week before the online agenda is published, the submitted forms, as redacted, are published in the online agenda.
    • The RRAC hearing is open to the public and the meetings are recorded. Audio recordings and meeting minutes are made available online.

    Access to RRAC agendas and meetings

    All RRAC agendas and meetings are open to the public. Accessible seating for persons with disabilities is available at the RRAC meetings. Documents prepared for the meeting are available in enlarged print, upon request. Sign language interpreters are also available on request. Please contact staff at (510) 747-4346 at least 72 hours before the meeting for such requests or any other reasonable accommodations that may be necessary to participate in and enjoy the benefits of the meeting.


    Current members on the RRAC

     

    Interested in becoming a RRAC member? Please click here for more information.