Renter Regrets and Landlord Solutions

Dear Landlords: Understanding what matters most to tenants will ensure you have content tenants, who will not move immediately following their initial lease term and pay the maximum rent your unit warrants. This will cut down vacancy times and turn over costs, which will add to your bottom line. Sometimes investing in a building and… Read More

San Francisco Fire Ordinance Updates

Supervisor Tang’s disclosure ordinance has been revised from its onerous requirements, which were put into effect this year.  The new ordinance is an abbreviated version of the old one and requires that owners comply by January 1, 2018. The new requirements are as follows: Owners of buildings with three or more dwelling units are required… Read More

New Bed Bug Notification Laws

As you may have heard, there is a new state law for bed bugs (Civil Code Sec. 1954.603) that requires giving notice to both new and existing tenants. Prospective tenants must be given the notice by this July 1, and existing tenants must be given the notice by January 2018. While the bed bug addendum… Read More

New Fire Safety Ordinance

In August 2016, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed new legislation aimed at promoting fire and life safety, reducing the risk of fires and preventing property damage from fires. The new laws, which have been incorporated into the San Francisco Fire Code, establish new requirements for residential building owners. The new requirements include having… Read More

Happy Holidays! Guest Post: Generate Revenue by Going Green

Happy Holidays! As we all rush into the holidays, I would like to take a moment to honor the victims of the Ghost Ship fire.  While the loss of all the young lives is deplorable, may this incident serve all property owners as a reminder to be vigilant about their properties’ conditions regardless of the… Read More

Annual Building Inspection Checklist

As the active rental season ends, but before the busy holiday season starts, I want to take this opportunity to remind all my clients and contacts to inspect their buildings to make sure they comply with all habitability requirements and have no issues that pose a threat to the continuity of their buildings or the… Read More

 California Apartment Association Working to Passthrough Legislation to Support Landlords

The California Apartment Association is working with the California State Legislature to passthrough legislation that would benefit landlords. Several pro-housing bills made progress this week by making their way out of their respective committees. Legislation affecting density, including the legalization of in-law units, is included in the legislation, which would make it easier for property owners… Read More

Understanding “Rent Ordinance 2.0″

On September 9, 2015, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed amendments to the Rent Ordinance expanding tenant rights even further. Supervisor Jane Kim’s legislation, which further expanded tenant rights is now known as Rent Ordinance 2.0. If you thought being a landlord under the original version was difficult, 2.0 has more obstacles to navigate…. Read More

New Landlord Laws for 2016

Along with the new year and resolutions, always comes new laws for landlords.  Below, please find a summary of those new laws that may affect you. AFFORDABLE HOUSING Community Revitalization Authority Assembly Bill 2 (D-Alejo) AB 2 allows specified “disadvantaged” areas of California to create a new entity called a Community Revitalization Investment Authority. The… Read More

New In-Law Construction Approved in Districts 3 & 8

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved New In-Law construction for Districts 3 and 8.  District 3 includes the North Waterfront, North Beach, Telegraph Hill, Financial District, Downtown, Nob Hill and parts of Russian Hill and Civic Center.  Corona Heights, Duboce Triangle, Mission Dolores, Twin Peaks, Glen Park, Noe Valley and parts of Bernal… Read More