Hayward passes Vacancy Decontrol Moratorium, reaffirms Just Cause Eviction Protection under Rent Stabilization Ordinance 

Hayward City Council passed an ordinance to enact an 18-month moratorium on a process by which landlords can apply to have residential rental units permanently exempted from rent increase provisions in the City’s Residential Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RRSO). In addition, a second ordinance was passed to clarify that for-cause eviction provisions of the RRSO apply to all 14,900 rental units covered by the ordinance—regardless of whether a unit has been decontrolled.

Rental Housing Programs 

  • Request a Rental Housing Inspection: Code Enforcement conducts inspections to ensure rental units are maintained in a safe and sanitary living condition. If you believe your rental unit is not being maintained, contact Code Enforcement to schedule an inspection of your rental unit: 510.583.4175.

  • Rent Stabilization: The City provides relief to residential tenants by stabilizing rent increases for certain tenants and encouraging rehabilitation of rental units whenever vacancies occur. For details, please review the FAQ section or the Residential Rent Stabilization Ordinance or call 510.583.4454.
  • Mobile Home Space Rentals: Each time there is a space vacancy in a Mobile Home Park, the Park owner or manager must complete a Mobile Home In-Place Space Transfer form. Please click here for more information about the City's Mobile Home Space Rent Ordinance or call 510.583.4454.
  • Fair Housing: If you believe you have experienced illegal housing discrimination or harassment, you can explore filing a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing at 800.884.1684 or by calling the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Discrimination Hotline at 800.669.9777. Additionally the City of Hayward provides funding through our Community Development Block Grant Program to Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) to provide tenant-landlord counseling, conduct fair housing audits, and conduct tentants rights education. More information about these programs can be found at ECHO's website. 
  • Rental Listings for Section 8 and Other Low Income Housing: The Housing Authority of the County of Alameda (HACA) provides weekly updated lists for Section 8 participants, and a montly updated list of privately owned subsized housing available to low income families and individuals. 

Affordable Housing Resources and Programs

On November 28, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 17-20 updating the City’s Affordable Housing Ordinance and Resolution No. 17-167 establishing the affordable housing in lieu fee schedule. The ordinance requirements became effective on February 1, 2018. Please contact the Housing Division at 510.583.4245 or the Planning Division at 510.583.4200.

Additional resources: 

Programs for home owners and first time home buyers

  • Housing Rehabilitation Services: This grant and loan program is offered by the City of Hayward. For more information, call 510.583.4252.
  • Alameda County Mortgage Credit Certificate Program: This program provides qualified first-time homebuyers with an opportunity to reduce their amount of federal income tax, which increases their overall income and ability to qualify for a mortgage loan. This program is administered by the Alameda County Community Development Department.
  • Workforce Initiative Subsidy for Homeownership (WISH) Program: This Program provides matching grants to qualified first-time homebuyers
  • The State of California Finance Agency (CalHFA) also helps low and moderate-income first-time or non-first time homebuyers purchase a home by providing access to affordable first mortgages and down payment assistance.  Some of the programs offered by CalHFA are the CALPLUS with ZIP, the MYHOME Assistance, and the Extra Credit Teacher programs.  To benefit from the CalHFA loan programs, potential buyers must contact one of the CalHFA-approved lenders or preferred loan officers.
  • Housing and Urban Development Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure: This site includes tips for homeowners to avoid foreclosure and foreclosure rescue scams as well as rental assistance and relocation resources if you can’t keep your home.
  • Foreclosure Prevention Resources: A number of online resources to help your and your family avoid foreclosure.
  • Brace and Bolt Retrofit Program: This program offers free earthquake retrofits to qualified residents who own and live in their own homes.