Category Archives: San Francisco Rent Board

New Allowable Rent Increase for San Francisco, Effective March 1, 2015

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The new allowable rent increase rate for San Francisco rent controlled tenancies goes into effect on March 1, 2015. For rent increases between March 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016, the allowable increase is 1.9%.

For additional information, please visit the Rent Board website:
A landlord may increase the tenant’s base rent once every 12 months by the amount of the allowable annual rent increase without filing a petition at the Rent Board.

Effective March 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016, the allowable annual increase amount is 1.9%.

This amount is based on 60% of the increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Bay Area, which was 3.2% as posted in November 2014 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To calculate the dollar amount of the 1.9% annual rent increase, multiply the tenant’s base rent by .019. For example, if the tenant’s base rent is $1,500.00, the annual increase would be calculated as follows: $1,500.00 x .019 = $28.50. The tenant’s new base rent would be $1,528.50 ($1,500.00 + $28.50).

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San Francisco Legislative Update for 2015: Campos Amendment relocation assistance on Ellis Act Evictions

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Ordinance 54-14 amended the Rent Ordinance to increase relocation assistance to two years worth of rent payment differential between the existing unit and a comparable unit. At the moment, this has been found unconstitutional (see, Jacoby, et al. v. CCSF, San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-14-540709, and Levin v. CCSF, Federal District Court case no. 3:14-cv-03352), but the City is appealing the decision. Keep checking Costa-Hawkins.com for updates.

Legislative language available here.

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San Francisco Legislative Update for 2015: Temporary Tenant Household Dislocation Compensation

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Ordinance 44-14 became effective on May 18, 2014, and it was enacted to bring the Rent Ordinance into compliance with California Civil Code, section 1947.9 (January 1, 2013,), which limits relocation assistance payable for temporary evictions where the landlord carries out capital improvements or rehabilitation work.

Section 1947.9 limits the compensation that a landlord would otherwise have to pay to tenants (under section 37.9C) for displacements of twenty days or less to $275 per day and actual moving expenses. Or, in lieu of payment, the landlord can provide a “comparable dwelling unit”.

Legislative language available here.

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San Francisco Legislative Update for 2015: “Hearings on Alleged Wrongful Endeavor to Recover Possession Through Tenant Harassment”

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Ordinance 1-14 became effective in February 13, 2014. It added subsection 37.9(a)(l) to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, and it creates a procedure where tenants can file a report with the Rent Board based on alleged tenant harassment (within the meaning of section 37.10B). Then the Rent Board can set a hearing, take evidence and either file a civil action or refer it to the DA for prosecution.

Legislative language available here.

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