Yes, one of these reasons
Okay, maybe the reason is valid but it would have to go through Oakland’s Rent Adjustment Program.
The only way to know for sure is to get in contact with the Rent Adjustment Program (510-238-3721) and ask if your landlord/owner of property has submitted a petition to pass on some of these costs to you. For example, for Capital Improvement Cases, they can only pass through 70% of the cost to tenants and they have to provide cost evidence to the city before this type of rent increase is approved.
There are rules and regulations for each of these reasons:
- Increased housing service costs,
- Capital improvements,
- Uninsured repair costs,
- Fair return.
If you received a notice from “Oakland Rent Adjustment Program”, follow the directions in the notice. When responding to a rap petition, you can include any repairs the landlord has not made or any decreases in services. (things the landlord may have done/ may have paid but isn’t anymore) If you did not, we recommend contacting the Rent Adjustment Program to see if they approved the rent increase. If they have no case number for the rent increase, the landlord is not following rules and regulations described in Oakland Rent Adjustment Ordinance.
If the Landlord insists that you pay the rent increase, and you believe it is illegal you can complete a Rent Adjustment Ordinance Petition within 90 days of receiving the rent increase notice or 120 days if you’re landlord didn’t not include a RAP notice with your rent increase.