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SFAA, SFAR and SPOSFI Sue San Francisco over Sup. Ronen’s Rent Increase Legislation

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This week, the San Francisco Apartment Association, San Francisco Association of Realtors and the Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute filed a petition for writ of mandate, seeking to permanently enjoin San Francisco from enforcing Ordinance 5-19, Supervisor Ronen’s legislation aimed at prohibiting “eviction by rent increase”.

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Justin Goodman Featured in SF Apartment Magazine Legal Q&A for January 2019

Justin Goodman was featured in the Legal Q&A for the January 2019 issue of SF Apartment Magazine – the official publication of the San Francisco Apartment Association.

Justin explored a landlord’s options when a tenant installs an electric vehicle charging station, without the landlord’s approval, seemingly to take advantage of an “all utilities included” lease agreement. Justin also notes for readers of Costa-Hawkins.com that landlord-tenant law moves quickly, and sometimes the submission deadline for a print magazine can be far enough out that the law changes in the meantime. Starting January 1, 2019, state law actually requires landlords to allow charging stations (with some conditions).

Justin also wrote a feature article for the January 2019 issue, titled “A Fair Fight”, where Justin predicted the future of San Francisco landlord-tenant law in a post-Proposition F era, based on his experience with San Francisco’s existing, well-funded, legal aid clinics.


SFAA is dedicated to educating, advocating for, and supporting the rental housing community so that its members operate ethically, fairly, and profitably. SFAA’s is a trade association whose main focus is to support rental owners by offering a wide variety of benefits that address all aspects of rental housing industry.

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Justin Goodman Featured in SF Apartment Magazine Legal Q&A for December 2018

Justin Goodman was featured in the Legal Q&A for the December 2018 issue of SF Apartment Magazine – the official publication of the San Francisco Apartment Association.

Justin discussed liability “what happens next” after a landlord unwittingly enters an agreement with their tenant to vacate, without realizing that San Francisco now heavily regulates this conversation.


SFAA is dedicated to educating, advocating for, and supporting the rental housing community so that its members operate ethically, fairly, and profitably. SFAA’s is a trade association whose main focus is to support rental owners by offering a wide variety of benefits that address all aspects of rental housing industry.

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Justin Goodman Featured in SF Apartment Magazine Legal Q&A for November 2018

Justin Goodman was featured in the Legal Q&A for the November 2018 issue of SF Apartment Magazine – the official publication of the San Francisco Apartment Association.

Justin discussed potential liability for a landlord “waiting too long” to rent an available apartment when he is only receiving applicants enrolled in the Section 8 program, as well as how the recent opinion CCSF v. Post (2018) changed the rules on “source of income discrimination” in San Francisco.


SFAA is dedicated to educating, advocating for, and supporting the rental housing community so that its members operate ethically, fairly, and profitably. SFAA’s is a trade association whose main focus is to support rental owners by offering a wide variety of benefits that address all aspects of rental housing industry.

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Justin Goodman Featured in SF Apartment Magazine Legal Q&A for October 2018

Justin Goodman was featured in the Legal Q&A for the October 2018 issue of SF Apartment Magazine – the official publication of the San Francisco Apartment Association.

Justin discussed “what happens next in San Francisco” in the event Prop 10 passes (although as of recently, it is not polling well). (Prop 10 (“the Affordable Housing Act“) is the ballot initiative seeking to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.)

The October 2018 issue also featured Justin’s recommendation to landlords dealing with fires, in terms of tenants, regulations and restoration work, in an article by editor Emily Landes, titled “Master of Disaster“.


SFAA is dedicated to educating, advocating for, and supporting the rental housing community so that its members operate ethically, fairly, and profitably. SFAA’s is a trade association whose main focus is to support rental owners by offering a wide variety of benefits that address all aspects of rental housing industry.

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Justin Goodman Featured in SF Apartment Magazine Legal Q&A for July 2018

Justin Goodman was featured in the Legal Q&A for the July 2018 issue of SF Apartment Magazine – the official publication of the San Francisco Apartment Association.

Justin discussed relative-move-in evictions and the potential defense to an unlawful detainer action based on “tenant retaliation” (even where a tenant is “baiting” the retaliation).


SFAA is dedicated to educating, advocating for, and supporting the rental housing community so that its members operate ethically, fairly, and profitably. SFAA’s is a trade association whose main focus is to support rental owners by offering a wide variety of benefits that address all aspects of rental housing industry.

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Justin Goodman Featured in SF Apartment Magazine Legal Q&A for May 2018

Justin Goodman was featured in the Legal Q&A for the May 2018 issue of SF Apartment Magazine – the official publication of the San Francisco Apartment Association.

Justin discussed the history of San Francisco Rent Board’s “Rule 12.20” (which prohibits evictions based on breach of a lease term, if the landlord unilaterally added it to the lease) in the context of state law changes to residential tenant’s rights to smoke cigarette’s in their homes.


SFAA is dedicated to educating, advocating for, and supporting the rental housing community so that its members operate ethically, fairly, and profitably. SFAA’s is a trade association whose main focus is to support rental owners by offering a wide variety of benefits that address all aspects of rental housing industry.

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Justin Goodman Featured in SF Apartment Magazine Legal Q&A for March 2018

Justin Goodman was featured in the Legal Q&A for the March 2018 issue of SF Apartment Magazine – the official publication of the San Francisco Apartment Association.

Justin explored San Francisco’s Business and Tax Regulations Code, which sets forth requirements for business registration and the City’s gross receipts tax, and which considers owners of “one residential structure consisting of fewer than four units or one residential condominium” to be a “small business enterprise”. These small property owners do not need a registration certificate and are exempt from the gross receipts tax.


SFAA is dedicated to educating, advocating for, and supporting the rental housing community so that its members operate ethically, fairly, and profitably. SFAA’s is a trade association whose main focus is to support rental owners by offering a wide variety of benefits that address all aspects of rental housing industry.

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SFAA v. CCSF (2018) – 9th Circuit Affirms N.D. Cal. Judgment on the Pleadings for San Francisco in Buyout Challenge

San Francisco Apartment Association and Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute appealed the 2015 district court ruling upholding San Francisco’s Buyout Ordinance. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, affirming its judgment on the pleadings, and upholding the ordinance on constitutional grounds.

In so ruling, the Court concluded that the Buyout Ordinance did not violate the various constitutional rights asserted (e.g., free speech rights, equal protection of the laws, liberty to contract, right to privacy) under any of the distinct provisions challenged: (1) the “Disclosure Provision”, (2) the “Notification Provision”, (3) the “Rescission Provision”, (4) the “Database Provision”, (5) the “Penalty and Fee Provision”, and (6) the “Condominium Conversion Provision”.
Continue reading SFAA v. CCSF (2018) – 9th Circuit Affirms N.D. Cal. Judgment on the Pleadings for San Francisco in Buyout Challenge

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Justin Goodman Featured in SF Apartment Magazine Legal Q&A for February 2018

Justin Goodman was featured in the Legal Q&A for the February 2018 issue of SF Apartment Magazine – the official publication of the San Francisco Apartment Association.

Justin discussed the distinctions between the landlord-tenant relationship and master tenant-subtenant relationship with respect to rent control. Justin also discussed where this distinction might be blurred, who might be considered the “original occupant” (for purposes of rent control and Costa-Hawkins) and how a landlord can best position themselves for clear-cut lines with well-defined rights going forward.


SFAA is dedicated to educating, advocating for, and supporting the rental housing community so that its members operate ethically, fairly, and profitably. SFAA’s is a trade association whose main focus is to support rental owners by offering a wide variety of benefits that address all aspects of rental housing industry.

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