Rent Control FAQ

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Is the Bay Area one of the most heavily regulated rental housing markets in the United States?  

Yes. While State and Federal laws govern most rental housing operations in California, local governments have passed local ordinances that heavly impact rental housing owners in the Bay Area. EBRHA works with local governments to find solutions that minimize legislative and regulatory solutions. Even rental housing providers with a single-family home are affected by many of these rules and regulations.


Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1482, legislation that caps rent increases statewide and provides “Just Cause” for eviction protections to renters throughout California.

This landmark legislation, officially the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, caps annual rent increases at 5% plus the rate of inflation for much of the state’s family housing stock. It also requires landlords to show a “just cause” to evict most tenants in place for 12 months or more.


Unincorporated Alameda County

  • Rent Review & Mediation
    • Applies to properties of 3 or more units
    • Renters may request rent review for increases of $75 or 10%, whichever is lower
  • For increases of up to 10%, 30 days written notice is required. For increases in excess of 10%, 90 days written notice is required.
  • Special wording to be included on ANY notice of rent increase

City of Oakland

  • Rent Registry
  • Rent Review

City of Fremont

  • Rent Review
  • Applies to ALL units
  • Special notice provided to all renters at move-in AND with any rent increase.
  • Only 1 increase per year.


City of Hayward
• Mandatory mediation & binding arbitration
• Applies to all pre-1979 units EXCEPT single family homes
• 5% rent increase per year (additional allowances for capital improvements, banking, etc.)
• Special notices provided to all renters at move-in AND with any rent increase.
• Only 1 increase per year.
• “Just Cause” for Eviction for ALL UNITS
• Rent increase & termination notices reported to City
• Additional renter protections

* Hayward's Residential Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RRSO) has a lower rent cap than AB 1482, and therefore takes precedence for all covered units.  Units not covered under Hayward's RRSO will be subject to AB 1482, unless they meet on of the explicit exemptions.


City of San Leandro
• Rent Review
• Applies to 2+ units
• Review if increase >7%
• Special notice with any  rent increase.
• Renter Relocation Assistance up to $7,000 + additional for "special circumstances"
• 90 day notice for termination
• Special notice provided for any termination


City of Union City

  • Rent Review
  • Applies to ALL rentals
  • Review if increase >7%
  • Special notice provided for any increase.
  • “Just Cause” for Eviction PLUS additional requirements

City of Concord

  • Rent Registry
  • 3% or 60% CPI cap on annual rent increases
  • Renter relocation assistance of two months rent plus $2000