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Frequently Asked Questions
Affordable Housing Projects, Land and Properties
Where can I get information on Section 8 or Public housing?
Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Programs are managed by the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) - a separate entity from the City of Oakland. Contact OHA.
Is any affordable housing being built in Oakland?
Yes. Many rental and ownership projects are being planned, developed, or are already available for lease or rent. See the list of Affordable Housing Projects Underway in the Housing Projects section of this site.
How can I find affordable housing in Oakland?
Although Housing and Community Development does not maintain a list of vacant or available properties, we do have suggestions for finding affordable housing. See Finding Affordable Housing, which includes a list of all assisted rental housing developments in Oakland.
How do I know when new affordable housing becomes available? How do I get on a waiting list?
To learn more about affordable housing currently being developed or planned in the City of Oakland, see our list of Projects Underway. Contact individual developers for availability information and waiting lists.
How can I buy tax-delinquent properties?
For information about tax-delinquent properties, contact the Alameda County Assessor.
Does the City keep a list of boarded-up or blighted property?
For more information, see the Blighted Property page on this website.
I heard the city has homes to sell for one dollar. Is this true?
No. Many years ago, the City of Oakland did have a program that offered houses for one dollar as part of an initiative from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but this program was discontinued in 1980.
Does the city own any land I can buy and build on?
No. However, several resources may help you find available property in Oakland. Check out our Local Properties page for more information on land and housing development opportunities in Oakland.
I have questions about historic buildings / neighborhoods.
Contact CEDA's Planning and Zoning Division, Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey.
How can I find out more about sustainable development?
Contact CEDA's Planning and Zoning Division's Sustainable Development Program.
Who do I speak to about planning and zoning regulations?
Contact the Planning and Zoning Division of CEDA.
Who do I speak to about building codes?
Contact the Building Services Division of CEDA.
Housing Loans and Grants
Does the city have money to help me buy a house?
The City of Oakland offers a few programs for qualified homebuyers. See our Homebuyer Loans and Grant Programs page and Counseling and Services for more homebuyer information.
How can I find out about opportunities for low-income first time homebuyers?
See our Homebuyer Loans and Grant Programs page.
To find out where new affordable ownership housing is being built, see our list of Projects Underway. You will need to contact specific developers directly to find out when homes will be available.
Also see Counseling and Services for more homebuyer information.
I heard I can buy a house for one dollar from the City of Oakland. Is this true?
No. Many years ago, the City of Oakland did have a program that offered houses for one dollar as part of a HUD initiative, but this program ended in 1980.
I am buying a house. How do I get the best home loan possible? How do I make sure I don't get tricked or cheated?
Many local and national organizations offer financial advice and homebuyer counseling that can help you identify fair deals. See our Counseling page for more information about these organizations.
High interest rates and other unfair lending practices are called Predatory Lending. Read more about your rights and Oakland's laws against these practices on our Predatory Lending page.
FOR OWNERS – REPAIR/REHAB
Can I get money to repair or paint my own home?
Oakland offers several programs to assist senior, disabled, and low- and moderate-income homeowners in repairing or rehabilitating their homes. See the Repair/Rehab page for more information.
Can I get money to repair or paint my rental units?
Oakland can assist rental property owners in making their units accessible to disabled persons. See the Repair/Rehab page for more information.
Can the city help me pay my rent?
No, but the City of Oakland works with an organization called ECHO, which helps people who have fallen behind in rent or need money for a first and last month's deposit. See the Rental Assistance Program for more information.
Does the City provide money for affordable housing development?
The City does provide assistance to affordable housing developers. See Loans and Grants for Developers.
I am looking for land in Oakland to develop affordable housing. Does this City have a list of its properties for sale?
The City does not maintain a list of properties for sale. However, there are several resources which may help you find available property in Oakland. Take a look at these resources on our Local Properties page. [link]
Where can I get a copy of the most recent application and Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)?
Information about the annual NOFA (Notice of Funding Available) for housing development funds is posted on the Loans and Grants for Housing Development page.
Housing Rights, Services, and Counseling
I am about to lose my house. Can you help me?
If you are having trouble making mortgage payments, please read our Counseling page.
If you are being forced out of your home, please read our Relocation page.
I feel I may have been a victim of housing discrimination. Who do I talk to?
Several local resources exist to help you. See our Fair Housing page for more information.
I have questions about a lien on my property.
A lien is put on your property for failure to pay city taxes or fines. Contact the Alameda County Assessor's Office for more information.
I am being forced to move from my home/ relocate. What are my rights?
Please read our page on relocation for more information about your rights and available services.
I think my housing is not safe / not up to code / substandard.
To determine whether a property is up to standard (code), contact Code Compliance within CEDA's Building Services Division.
I have a mortgage with a very high interest rate. I think I might lose my home because the payments are so high.
If you are having trouble making mortgage payments, please read our counseling page.
How do I get help with my credit rating / bad credit / finances?
For financial advice, read our counseling page.
I need information about housing for people with HIV/AIDS.
For more information about housing for people with AIDS, see our Special Needs/AIDS Housing page within the Hunger and Homelessness section. [link]
Can you help me pay my rent?
No, but the City of Oakland works with an organization called ECHO, which helps people who have fallen behind in rent or need money for a first- and last-month deposit. See the Rental Assistance Program [link] for more information.
FOR TENANTS, LANDLORDS & RENT BOARD ISSUES
I think my landlord increased my rent too much. How do I contest/fight a rent increase?
For information about how to contest a rent increase, see our Renter Resources page.
For information about how much rent is too much, see the Rent Adjustment Ordinance page.
I need information about my rights as a renter/tenant.
See our Renter Resource page.
I need legal advice about my rental situation.
For legal services regarding disputes see our Rent Dispute section on Rent Adjustment Program page.
For other legal services regarding landlord/tenant information, see our Renter/Landlord Resource page.
How much can rents be raised per year?
For information about the allowable rent increase, see our Rent Adjustment Ordinance page.
I think my rental unit is not safe / not up to code / substandard.
To determine whether a property is up to standard (code) contact Code Compliance within CEDA's Building Services Division.
Do I have to pay this $30 fee?
See our service fee page within our Rent Adjustment Board section.
How do I respond to a tenant who protested a rent increase?
For information about how to respond to a tenant contesting a rent increase, see our Landlord Resources page.
Do I have to pay interest on my tenants' security deposits?
No. The City of Oakland does not require landlords to pay interest on tenants' security deposits.
I need information about my rights as a landlord.
See our Landlord Resources Page.