SFAA Government Affairs
Rent Registry Legislation Approved by Board of Supervisors Despite Opposition
Last night, the Board of Supervisors voted to approve the Housing Inventory/Rent Registry ordinance.
The ordinance will undergo a procedural second vote on 12/8/20.
Housing Providers will need to comply with the ordinance beginning in July of 2022.
The ordinance would require housing providers to report the following information beginning in 2022:
- The address of each apartment
- Contact information for building owner/manager
- Business Registration Number, if applicable
- Approximate Square Footage
- Numbers of Bedrooms and Bathrooms
- When the unit was last vacant
- For vacant units, the last date of occupancy
- For occupied units, the day the tenancy began
- The base rent, in $250 increments
- Any dates over the last 12 months where an occupied unit became vacant, or a vacant unit became occupied
- Any other information the Rent Board deems appropriate.
You can read a copy of the Ordinance here
COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act
New Rules for Nonpayment of Rent Evictions
● Under the bill, renters are entitled to a 15-day notice if the landlord is seeking rent or other charges due between March 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021.
● If the resident returns a declaration of COVID-19 financial distress, the landlord must comply with the following:
○ For the March 2020-August 2020 payments, the landlord cannot evict
○ For September 2020-January 2021 payments, the landlord must allow the resident until January 31, 2021 to make a 25% payment, and can only evict if the resident fails to make that payment.
New Rules for Other Evictions
● “Just Cause” protections are extended to all tenancies through January 31, 2021. The “Just Cause” reasons are limited to those specified in the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, with a few modifications.
Small Claims Expansion
● All actions seeking recovery of COVID-19 rental debt (March 2020-January 2021 payments) can be brought in small claims court.
● Normal small claims limits do not apply
● No cases allowed before March 1, 2021
Limits on Local Eviction Moratoria
● Local eviction moratoria set to expire before January 31, 2021 can remain in place until the end of their term but cannot be extended or renewed before February 1, 2021.
● Repayment periods that are set to begin prior to March 1, 2021 cannot be extended, later repayment periods must begin by March 1, 2021
● Local governments can still adopt, amend, and enforce “just cause” ordinances, but cannot create new mandates with respect to payments due between March 2020 and January 2021.
You can read more about the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (CTRA) right here.
Please visit the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act section of our Forms page to download compliant CTRA forms.
Temporary Tenant Protections Due to COVID-19 (File No. 201059)
Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to limit residential evictions through March 31, 2021, unless the eviction is based on the non-payment of rent or is necessary due to violence-related issues or health and safety issues.
Moratorium on Rent Increases Expired on 10/21/20
On April 24, 2020, the Mayor signed emergency legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors that temporarily prohibited certain rent increases during the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium on rent increases ended on October 21, 2020.
Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (File No. 200948)
Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to require sellers of multifamily residential buildings to provide a new right of first offer and right of first refusal to qualified nonprofit organizations if a multifamily residential building is not under contract or remains unsold after one year and after each year thereafter; require sellers to provide additional disclosures to qualified nonprofit organizations; provide information to current tenants, and assist qualified nonprofits with due diligence; and allow multifamily residential buildings acquired by qualified nonprofit organizations under the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA) to convert to a limited equity cooperative under Subdivision Code Division 11; and exclude from COPA land dedications to the City and County of San Francisco.
COVID-19 Rent Resolution and Relief Fund (File No. 200611)
Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to establish the COVID-19 Rent Resolution and Relief Fund, to provide financial support to landlords whose tenants have been unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Construction During COVID-19 Pandemic That Results in Temporary Suspension of Water or Electricity Service or Excessive Noise (File No. 201149)
Reenactment of emergency ordinance (Ordinance No. 154-20) temporarily prohibiting construction projects in buildings with any residential rental units that require the suspension of water or electricity service to residential tenants without providing alternative sources of water and power, or reaching agreement with tenants, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Limits on Certain Construction Noise During COVID-19 Pandemic (File No. 200914)
Emergency ordinance to impose temporary limits on construction noise inside apartment buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.
SFAA Political Action Committee and Legal Fund
SFAA’s Political Action Committee works to support and recommend local candidates and ballot measures to foster a friendlier environment for rental housing providers. SFAA’s Legal Fund is used to litigate against laws that have passed at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that infringe upon the rights of property owners.