On June 4, 2018, the Albany City Council approved an ordinance that added Section 5-25 “Rent Review" to the Albany Municipal Code establishing a rent review program. The ordinance regulates most residential rental units in Albany and provides a mediation process for qualifying rent increases. Landlord participation in the rent review process is mandatory, but all recommendations are non-binding.    

The Rent Review Program directed by the City Council on June 4, 2018 is currently under development. The Rent Review Ordinance and associated rent review program will be effective November 2, 2018. 

June 4, 2018 staff report to City Council

Rent Review Ordinance No. 2018-02

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See below for answers to some of the most common questions about Rent Review in Albany.  Click each question to see an expanded answer. 

  • Rent Review

    • 01. When does the Ordinance become effective?

    • 02. What will landlords need to tell tenants about the Ordinance?

    • 03. How will landlords provide tenants with the notice of availability of Rent Review?

    • 04. Does the Ordinance prevent a landlord from raising a tenant's rental amount?''

    • 05. Are landlords required to file copies of the rent increase notices with the City?

    • 06. How does a landlord register a rental unit with the City?

    • 07. Will there be a fee charged to administer this Ordinance?'

    • 08. Does the Ordinance apply to single-family homes or condominium?

    • 09. How does Rent Review work?

    • 10. How will a tenant request Rent Review?

    • 11. When can a tenant request rent review?

    • 12. What is considered the 'base rent'?

    • 13. If a tenant has requested rent review, what is the landlord required to do?

    • 14. Is participation in conciliation mandatory?

    • 15. When can a tenant request mediation?

    • 16. Is participation in mediation mandatory?