Out of Corruption Comes Windfall for Landlords

Under a settlement deal with San Francsico, Recology will refund a portion of rate hikes paid by Recology customers between 2017-2020 that disgraced Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru approved. During the City’s negotiations with Recology, Nuru allegedly accepted over $1 million in bribes from Recology.

Now is the Time to Add Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

There is no doubt that electric vehicles are becoming more mainstream. With a 2018 high of EV sales, a slight drop in 2019 (probably attributed to an influx of early adopters in 2018) and yet another drop in 2020 attributable to less commuting due to COVID-related shut downs, the data show increasing EV adoption. And… Read More

Is Your Property a Good Investment?

While many of our clients are savvy investors, we have just as many clients who are just looking to pad their nest egg and think an investment property is a good option or inherited a property that they would like to keep in the family. Because a property is a tangible investment, you can see… Read More

New Legislation Creates A Housing Inventory And Requires Owners To Report Information About Their Units

Ordinance No. 265-20, which became effective on January 18, 2021, requires owners of residential housing units in San Francisco to begin reporting certain information about their units to the Rent Board. The Rent Board will use this information to create and maintain a “housing inventory” of all units in San Francisco that are subject to the Rent Ordinance.

Tired of Managing Lobby and Garage Thefts and Tenant Security Complaints?

The passage of Prop 20 may help. Dear California Residents and Property Owners: Have you had an increase in tenant complaints about car break-ins, package thefts and overall crime in recent years? Have you wondered what could have caused or influenced this increase in crime? If you voted in 2014, you may remember Proposition 47… Read More

2019 San Francisco Rent Board Rates

The March 1, 2019 – February 29, 2020 San Francisco Rent Board Rates have been released. They are as follows: Allowable Rent Increase 2.6% Security Deposit Interest 2.7% 2018-2019 Property Tax Rent Board Fees that Can Be Charged to Tenants $22.50       This is the largest allowable increase I have seen in my… 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

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