How to Vote on June 5

Dear San Francisco Property Owners: The June 5 statewide election promises to be as contentious as ever for landlords and tenant advocates. With important measures and legislation-driving candidates on the ballot, as a landlord you need to vote and vote wisely. Find the San Francisco Apartment Association’s slate card with their recommendations here. This is… Read More

Three Proposed Laws Landlords Need to Write Their Legislators About

On the heels of last year’s successful defeat of a series of tenant-friendly laws, Democratic Assemblymen David Chiu of San Francisco, Richard Bloom of Santa Monica and Rob Bonta of Alameda have introduced legislation proposing new tenant protections. The following laws, which aim to make it harder to evict tenants and extend timelines before evictions… Read More

Four New Laws Landlords Need to Know for 2018

On Jan. 1, 2018, numerous laws relevant to the rental housing industry took effect in California. In the paragraphs below, we summarize the most significant of these laws for the rental property owners. 1) IMMIGRATION STATUS Targeting discrimination: Under AB 291, dubbed the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act, a landlord could face civil penalties if he… Read More

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

Changes to San Francisco Tenant Ordinances

Dear Investment Property Owners: I hope you are all having a great summer. There have been several changes to San Francisco Tenant ordinances as of late. Please take the time to read the below so you understand the changes and are able to comply.     Ellis Act Backlash: The Supreme Court shut down the… 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

Action Required: Write Your State Assemblymen to Stop AB1506

Greetings! Lawmakers have introduced a bill to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, landmark legislation that exempts new construction and single-family homes from local rent control laws. AB 1506 was introduced Friday, Feb. 17, the last day to propose bills in the 2017 California Legislature. Assemblymen Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica; Rob Bonta, D-Oakland; and David Chiu, D-San… 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