Alameda City Attorney’s Office issues Rent Program annual report

Published on February 07, 2023


The Rent Program department of the Alameda City Attorney’s Office, having completed its first quarter as an in-house City department, has issued its 2022 Annual Report.

The Alameda Rent Program was created to implement the City’s Rent Ordinance through education, community engagement, and collaboration to promote equity and stability in the rental market.

The annual report provides an overview of how the Rent Ordinance regulates rent increases, terminations of tenancy, and rental unit registration, as well as data on rental market trends and the work done by Rent Program staff.

“I am so pleased and proud of the work by the entire Rent Program team during 2022,” said Rent Program Director Bill Chapin. “It was a historic year for the Program. Not only did we seamlessly make the transition from the Housing Authority to the City Attorney’s Office, we did so while providing excellent services to the community. Our highly trained and dedicated program staff responded to an average of 743 housing inquires each month, processed 90 requests to verify compliance with rent regulations, processed submissions for 70 terminations of tenancy and buyout agreements, provided 26 landlord/tenant workshops, coordinated 23 rent-adjustment hearings, and successfully responded and adapted as the City exited pandemic regulations.”

Looking forward, the Program, in coordination with the Prosecution and Public Rights Unit of the City Attorney’s Office, is already planning a Fair Housing Conference in April, which will bring broad and in-depth education to both landlords and tenants about housing rights and responsibilities under federal, state, and local laws.

“Maintaining housing stability for existing residents and protecting the affordable housing supply are critical tools in combating the current historic statewide housing and homelessness crisis,” said City Attorney Yibin Shen. “The Rent Program, in collaboration with the Prosecution and Public Rights Unit, has been true leaders in these important efforts. I am thrilled to welcome the Rent Program into the City family and look forward to close collaborations and more innovative efforts to advance these important Council priorities.”

Landlords and Tenants are welcome to contact the Rent Program at 510-747-7520 or Informational materials and resources are available at Download the Annual Report here.  

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