City of Richmond

City of Richmond Seeking Applicants for Five-Person Rent Board

Richmond’s Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction and Homeowner Protection full Ordinance passed as Measure L by the voters on November 8 goes into effect on January 1, 2017. The ordinance provides for a five-member Rent Board (see Section 11.100.060 of the ordinance for details) whose members will be appointed by the mayor subject to three additional votes by City Council members. Applications for the five Rent Board positions are now being solicited.


  1. Richmond resident (No citizenship requirements; no age limits).
  2. Applicants must declare if they own or manage residential rental property or are a licensed real estate professional. Only two of the five board members can own or manage       residential rental property or be a licensed real estate professional.
  3. Any individual actually nominated by the mayor (not just applying) “shall submit a verified statement listing all of their interests and dealings in real property, including but not limited to its ownership, sale or management, during the previous three (3) years.”

Questions and Answers

  1. Is there compensation? Initially, no; possibly later.
  2. Who makes appointments? The mayor appoints, and at least three city council members must approve.
  3. How does someone apply? The application form is available on line: Please note on the application form if the applicant owns or manages residential rental property or is a licensed real estate professional.
  4. When does the Rent Board begin meeting: After January 1, 2017.

City of Richmond

Measure L: Rent Control – Approved with Majority Vote
This measure will set a maximum allowable rent charged on rent controlled residential units in the City of Richmond. The measure will also prohibit rental property owners from terminating tenancies for reasons that are not specifically listed in the ordinance. In addition, certain temporary rentals, small second units, and rental of certain rooms, as further described in the ordinance, will be exempt from requirements of the ordinance.
The ordinance will set maximum allowable annual rental increases for all residential units except for certain exempt units. Units exempt from rent control would include, for example, units that are exempt from rent control under the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and certain small second dwelling units. A Rent Board is to be established by Richmond City Council. This measure is effective December 30, 2016.
 Click here to download ordinance