Category Archives: SFAA

Justin Goodman’s Column “Surreal Estate” Featured in SF Apartment Magazine January 2021 Issue

Justin Goodman’s quarterly column Surreal Estate was featured in the January 2021 issue of SF Apartment Magazine. This installment, titled “The Laws of Unintended Consequence” considered the practical effect of our local housing laws as measured against their stated intent.


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’s Column “Surreal Estate” Featured in SF Apartment Magazine October 2020 Issue

Justin Goodman’s quarterly column Surreal Estate was featured in the October 2020 issue of SF Apartment Magazine. The October column looked at the expanding use of “parklets”, as local restaurants and other businesses work to recover from the impacts of the pandemic amid continued and onerous regulation.


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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San Francisco Legislative Update (2020) COVID-19 Edition: “Preston Amendment” Ordinance 93-20 Prohibits Evictions Based on Non-Payment of Rent Owed During Governor’s Moratorium

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San Francisco passed legislation, sponsored by Supervisor Preston, which prohibits evictions for non-payment of rent, for any rent due during Governor Newsom’s eviction moratorium, which is currently extended through September 30, 2020. Therefore, for rents due between the original March 16th order and September 30th (as may be further continued), San Francisco landlords cannot collect this rent (and the unit) via an unlawful detainer lawsuit.

Unsurprisingly, several industry groups – the San Francisco Apartment Association, the San Francisco Association of Realtors, the Coalition for Better Housing, and the Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute have sued to overturn the ordinance.

The full text of Ordinance 93-20 is available here.

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

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

Justin evaluated a landlord’s obligations (to provide a habitable premises and to avoid disrupting a tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment) at times when PG&E is using rolling blackouts to preserve the power grid.

Justin and his colleague Shoshana Raphael also wrote a feature article “Up in Flames“, which explores a landlord’s duties to tenants and their rights and obligations to the City when their apartment building catches fire.


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 2019

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

Justin explored how to navigate a Costa-Hawkins increase against subsequent occupants, when the landlord suspects that the last original occupant has passed away, but the subsequent occupants continue to tender rent on their behalf.


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 2019

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

Justin explained tenants’ rights with respect to their “housing services”, and some of the common reasons landlords are interested in recovering rights to things like parking spaces.


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 September 2019

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

Justin explored the difference between “late fees” and rent in explaining what kinds of late fees are actually enforceable and how a landlord would be wise to demand the rent portion only, when serving a three-day notice to pay rent or quit. He further explained how certain fees may represent “liquidated damages”, which are not always enforceable.


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 August 2019

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

Justin discussed whether a rent increase of 15% on a single family home would constitute “rent gouging”.


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 2019

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

Justin explored some of the problems landlords face in the gray area between “housing services” and “nuisance eviction” when a tenant insists upon a particular use of the property that is incompatible with health and safety law (in this case, blocking fire egress with off-street moped parking).


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 June 2019

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

Justin explained how to avoid the “intergenerational rent-controlled tenancy” (when children grow up and attempt to start paying rent in their parents’ rent-controlled apartment), as well as the use of a new California law regulating “third-party payments” as an estoppel tool to prevent a Costa-Hawkins waiver.


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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