Rent Review Program

Rent Review Ordinance

On October 3, 2017, the Fremont City Council adopted the Rent Review Ordinance, effective January 1, 2018. The ordinance covers all residential rental units in Fremont, including single family homes. The Rent Review Program provides a review and a formal hearing for proposed rent increases in excess of 5% in any 12-month period.

Rent Review Program Fee

On May 7, 2019, the City Council approved the annual per unit Rent Review Program fee of $14. Invoices were mailed to all landlords on 5/13/19, and are due by 6/27/19. Click the button below to pay your fee, or to update your account.  

The City is working with HdL Companies to administer the fee. HdL has offices located in Fresno, CA. For questions, contact HdL Customer Support at: 
(510) 369-3800 or
Click to Pay or Renew

Rent Review Ordinance Amendments

On April 16, 2019 the City Council adopted amendments to the Rent Review Ordinance, which went into effect on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The following sections have been amended: 

  • Sec. 9.60.020 - language added to strengthen the definition and role of the responsible party to require the person negotiating the rent increase to have final legal authority to adjust the rent without limitations. 
  • Sec. 9.60.030 - Notice of Availability of Rent Review shall be provided to any tenant that receives an increase from their base rent, regardless of the length of tenancy.
  • Sec. 9.60.040 - rent increase notices shall be personally delivered to the tenant or mailed to the tenant. 
  • Sec. 9.60.050 - rental units owned or operated by a government agency or subsidized by a government agency are no longer exempt from the ordinance; shared housing units and junior accessory dwelling units are exempt from the ordinance; *effective July 1, 2019.
  • Sec. 9.60.070 - landlords prohibited from discriminating against tenant applicant based on source of income, which includes all lawful sources of income or rental assistance program, homeless assistance program, security deposit assistance program, or housing subsidy program. 
  • Sec. 2.20.650 - Rent Review Board member terms are now staggered.

2018 Annual Report

The annual report provides an update on the status of the Rent Review Ordinance implementation and operation since its inception, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the rent review program. 


Mid Year Report

The mid year report provides an update of the status of the rent review ordinance from January 1, 2018 to June 15, 2018. Click below to view the mid year report. 

New Rent Increase Notice Requirements

The Rent Review Ordinance has new requirements for all rent increase notices that are provided to tenants. All rent increase notices must: 

  • be in writing
  • show the contact information of the landlord or responsible party
  • if the increase is over 5%, provide an explanation of why the increase is needed
  • include the Rent Review Ordinance language about the availability of rent review in all languages provided by the City of Fremont
Landlords may use the Rent Review Noticing Form in addition to their standard rent increase notice to satisfy the City's rent increase notice requirements. 


Community Outreach

The City will be conducting extensive community outreach on the new ordinance for both tenants and landlords. Information will be provided in multiple languages. Outcome data will be collected on the new ordinance, and a report will be provided to the City Council in early 2019.

Rent Review Community Outreach

Date Time Location Topic
June 27, 2019 6 pm - 7 pm Fremont Main Library
Fukaya A Room
Rent Review Ordinance and Source of Income
September 3, 2019 1 pm - 2:30 pm Fremont Main Library
Fukaya A Room
Source of Income Discrimination

To register for the upcoming workshop, click the link below.