Rent Increases

SPECIAL NOTICE: If you have recently served or received a notice of a rent increase, or if you intend to serve a notice of a rent increase, please read the following carefully.

On July 16, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 3246 (effective August 15, 2019) concerning the establishment of an Annual General Adjustment, a rent registry, banking, and a petition process for an upward and downward adjustment of rents.

For most rental units in Alameda, the Ordinance limits rent increases that are effective after September 1, 2019 to no more than 2.8%.

The maximum rent increase for each subsequent year will be calculated based on 70% of the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for the 12-month period ending April of each year.

The Ordinance has other provisions that establish new rent regulations including annual rent registration by landlords, an ability to “bank” rent increases (with certain limitations), and the right to petition for an upward or downward adjustment in the maximum allowable rent through a binding hearing process.

Rental units that are single-family homes, condominiums, and multi-family units for which a certificate of occupancy was issued after February 1, 1995, are exempt from the rent increase limitations, but landlords will be required to register their rental units. If you are uncertain whether the Ordinance applies to your rental unit, please contact the Rent Stabilization Program as set forth below.

Click here to review the Ordinance or review at the City Clerk’s Office, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA 94501. Contact the Rent Stabilization Program with any questions at 510-747-4346, rrac@alamedahsg.org or www.alamedarentprogram.org.


1. Frequently Asked Questions (Click on the question to read more.)

- Is there a cap on the amount of a rent increase?
- How does a tenant or landlord petition for a downward or upward adjustment in the maximum allowable rent?
- What does it mean to “bank” a rent increase?
- Are there rent increase notice requirements?
- Are there regulations on rent increases for single-family homes, condominiums and units built after 1995?

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2. Forms

Forms for Multi-Unit Properties Built Before 1995: Tenant and landlord petitions and updated program materials will soon be made available online.

Forms for Single Family Homes, Condominiums or Units Built After 1995. See below.

Tenant Form

A tenant may use this form to request a review of a rent increase.

Click here to download a PDF version.

Landlord Forms

Rent increases of 5% or less

a landlord must include Required Text in any Notice To A Tenant for a Rent Increase Equal to or Less Than 5%

a landlord may use this form to respond to a tenant’s request for review of a rent increase of 5% or less

Rent increases above 5%

A LANDLORD MUST INCLUDE REQUIRED TEXT IN ANY NOTICE TO A TENANT FOR A RENT INCREASE ABOVE 5%

A LANDLORD MUST FILE THIS FORM WHEN SERVING A TENANT WITH A NOTICE OF A RENT INCREASE ABOVE 5%.

Click here to download a PDF version.

OPTIONAL: All rent increases scheduled for RRAC hearings

a landlord may File this form when the parties have reached an agreement concerning a rent increase that was scheduled for a Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC) hearing.


Forms Submission:

E-mail: rrac@alamedahsg.org
Fax: (510) 864-0879
Mail/ In-Person: 701 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501