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Landlord & Tenant Information

Over 80 of our most frequently asked-about topics

Landlord & Tenant

This information is also available by phone through our 24-hour Info-to-Go line (415-252-4600).  All topics are also available in Spanish Language and Chinese Language on this website, and through our automated phone system. 


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Note: this information is not intended to be construed as legal advice and is subject to change without notice. Please contact the Rent Board to confirm that the information contained herein is still correct.

General Information

011 - Rent Board Contact Information and Hours

012 - Overview of Rent Board Services - What We Do and Don't Do

013 - Rent Board Fee

014 - Purchase of the Ordinance and Rules and Regulations

015 - Translation Services

016 - Accessible Meeting Policy

017 - Overview of Covered and Exempt Units

018 - Partial Exemption for Certain Subsidized Rental Units

019 - Partial Exemption for Certain Single-Family Homes and Condominiums Under Costa-Hawkins

 

Annual and Banked Rent Increases

051 - This Year's Annual Allowable Increase Amount

052 - Imposing the Annual Allowable Increase

053 - Banked Rent Increases

 

Security Deposits

101 - This Year's Security Deposit Interest Rate

102 - Security Deposits - General Information

103 - Interest on Security Deposits


Roommates and Subletting

151 - Subletting and Replacement of Roommates

152 - Charging for Additional Occupants Prohibitied

153 - Rent Increases Under Section 6.14 and Costa-Hawkins

154 - Limits on Rent Charged by Master Tenants

155 - Evictions Based on Breach of No Subletting Clause

156 - Evictions Based on Addition of Family Members to Unit

157 - Evictions of Roommates and Subtenants

 

Evictions

201 - Overview of Just Cause Evictions

202 - General Eviction Notice Requirements

203 - Notice Requirements for Evictions Based on Owner or Relative Move-in

204 - Evictions Based on Owner or Relative Move-in

205 - Evictions Pursuant to the Ellis Act

206 - Temporary Evictions for Capital Improvements

207 - Evictions Based on Substantial Rehabilitation

208 - Evictions Based on Breach of Lease Involving Material Change in Original Lease Term

209 - Evictions Based on Breach of No-Subletting Clause and/or Breach of Occupancy Limits

210 - Evictions of Roommates and Subtenants

211 - Reports of Alleged Wrongful Eviction

212 - Unlawful Detainer Actions in Court

 

Other Landlord/Tenant Issues

251 - General Lease Issues

252 - Landlord Access to a Unit

253 - Renting an Illegal Unit

254 - Charging for Additional Occupants Prohibited

255 - Charging Additional Rent for New Housing Services

256 - Parking and Storage Spaces as Housing Services

257 - Minimum Heat Requirements

258 - Noise Problems

259 - Uniform Residential Hotel Visitor Policy

260 - Handling Repair Problems

261 - Rent Withholding and the Repair and Deduct Remedy

262 - Resolving Problems With Your Landlord or Tenant

990 - Good Samaritan Tenancy Information


Landlord Petitions and Passthroughs

301 - Overview of Landlord Petitions and Passthroughs

302 - Capital Improvement Petitions - General Information

303 - Estimator Fees

304 - How to Allocate Capital Improvement Costs

305 - Interest on Capital Improvement Costs

306 - Uncompensated Labor Rates

307 - Special Rules for Properties with 1-5 Residential Units

308 - Special Rules for Properties with Six or More Residential Units

309 - Special Rules for Seismic Work and Other Improvements Required by Law

310 - Special Rules for Energy Conservation Work

311 - How to Notify Tenants of a Capital Improvement Increase

312 - Tenant Objections to a Capital Improvement Petition

322 - Operating and Maintenance Petitions

323 - Special Circumstances or Comparable Rent Increase Petitions

324 - Proposition I Past Rent History Petitions

325 - Utility Passthroughs

326 - Petitions for Substantial Rehabilitation Exemption

327 - Petitions for Extension of Time to Complete Capital Improvements

328 - Section 1.21 Tenant in Occupancy Petitions

329 - Petitions for Determination Pursuant to Section 6.14 and/or Costa-Hawkins

330 - General Obligation Bond Passthroughs

331 - Water Revenue Bond Passthroughs

 

Tenant Petitions

351 - Overview of Tenant Petitions

352 - Substantial Decrease in Housing Services Petitions

353 - Failure to Repair and Maintain Petitions

354 - Unlawful Rent Increase Petitions and Lawful Rent Determinations

355 - Tenant Petitions for Improper Utility Passthrough
and Deferral of a Utility Passthrough Based on Financial Hardship


356 - Tenant Challenge of Improper Water Revenue Bond Passthrough

357 - Tenant Challenge of Improper General Obligation Bond Measure Passthrough

358 - Petitions for Failure to Discontinue Capital Improvement Passthrough

359 - Section 6.15C(3) Subtenant Petitions based on Proportional Rent

360 - Unlawful Initial Rent Claims by a Subtenant

361 - Tenant Summary Petitions

362 - Reports of Alleged Wrongful Eviction

 

Hearings, Mediations and Appeals

401 - The Hearing Process

402 - Mediation

403 - Minute Orders

404 - Expedited Hearing Orders

405 - The Appeal Process

406 - Financial Hardship Appeals
Last updated: 1/20/2012 10:57:21 AM