Annual Rent Review Fee
According to the RRSO, landlords must pay the Residential Rent Stabilization fee annually by August 31st.
Due to COVID-19, the annual fee for fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) will not be assessed until January 2021. All fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020) fees are now past due.
Click here for a list of questions and answers to frequently asked Rent Review Fee questions (updated January 25, 2021).
If you are disputing your fee, you must submit a declaration of exemption or error, along with appropriate documentation to support your dispute.
Declaration of exemption or error for a Covered Rental Unit:
Declaration of exemption or error for a Rental Unit:
Landlords may pay their fees in one of three ways:
Online: To make an online payment, please visit https://haywardselfservice.us/hss/. From that link, click on “Miscellaneous Bills” to make your payment. You will need your Account ID and Customer ID to link and register an account. Online payments require a $3.95 processing fee.
In person: Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the City’s Revenue Division at City Hall is not open for in-person services. The Revenue Division does have a drop-box located at the entrance to City Hall where you can drop off your payment. City Hall is located at 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541.
By mail: Mail a check along with the payment form you received with your bill from the Rent Review Office. Checks should be made payable to “City of Hayward.” All checks postmarked on or before the due date specified in the bill statement will be accepted as on time. Please mail checks to the Office of the Rent Review, 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541.
Half of the fee for Covered Rental Units can be passed through to the tenant. Landlords of Covered Rental Units may use this form to notify tenants that the landlord is passing through half the cost of the fee.
If landlords do not pay the fee, the landlord is not entitled to a rent increase and the tenant may use failure to pay the fee as a defense against evictions.
The current annual fee is:
- Annual Fee per Residential Covered Rental Unit - $40.00
- Annual Fee per Residential Rental Unit - $19.00