Tom Butt
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  Still Accepting Rent Board Applications
December 23, 2016

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 December 30, 2016. 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 rental property or are a licensed real estate professional. Only two of the five board members can own or manage 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.
1.      How does someone apply? The application form is available on line: Also download and fill out the Rent Board Verified Statement.
3.      When does the Rent Board begin meeting: After January 1, 2017.