Annual Rent Review Fee
Invoices for annual fees for fiscal year 2022-2023 were sent to all property owners the week of October 10, 2022. Fees are due 30 days from the bill date listed on the invoice. All fees for fiscal years 2020 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020), 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021), and 2022 (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022) 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: Monday through Thursday, 9:00am-1:00pm at the Revenue Division located at City Hall or 24/7 at the payment kiosk outside City Hall 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 the landlord of a Covered Rental Unit does 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