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An appellate court Monday upheld important rights of San Francisco rental property owners under the state’s Ellis Act, a state law that allows property owners to leave the rental housing business. The Ellis Act ensures a property owner’s ability to take a building off the rental market and convert the units to condominiums or single-family homes. The  First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco affirmed Monday that a 2014 ordinance passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors would have violated the Ellis Act. In the 3-0 ruling, Justice Martin Jenkins said that the ordinance “prevents landowners from exercising… Read More

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Beginning June 1, 2016, rental agreements for properties with wood-burning heaters or fireplaces  throughout the San Francisco Bay Area must include a document describing the health hazards from burning wood or any solid fuel as a source of heat. The disclosure document is required within the boundaries of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which includes all of the following counties: Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin, and part  of Solano and Sonoma counties.  Exact boundaries can be found here. The disclosure requirement is part of the air quality district’s wood smoke rule,… Read More

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Thanks to a court ruling, San Francisco landlords who use the Ellis Act to leave the rental housing business won’t have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in additional tenant relocation fees. Under a San Francisco ordinance authored by Supervisor David Campos, landlords using the Ellis Act were required to pay tenants up to $50,000 to cover any rent increases the evicted tenants incur over a two-year period. Superior court Judge Ronald Quidachay, however, determined that the terms of Campos’ ordinance were unreasonable. Read more about it in this San Francisco Chronicle  article. The state Ellis Act, passed in… Read More

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A bill that threatens to undermine a landlord’s right to leave San Francisco’s rental housing business stalled Tuesday in its first committee hearing. The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee voted 6 to 5 against SB 364 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. Leno requested and was granted reconsideration, meaning it’s still possible that he’ll get the necessary six yes votes to advance the bill to the Judiciary Committee. The bill, opposed by the California Apartment Association during Tuesday’s hearing, takes aim at the Ellis Act, landmark legislation passed in 1985 that bars local governments from making property owners stay in… Read More

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A hearing on a bill that threatens to undermine a landlord’s right to leave San Francisco’s rental housing business has been postponed by one week. SB 364 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, will now go before the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee at 1:30 p.m. April. 14. It had been scheduled to go before this committee Tuesday, April 7. The bill takes aim at the Ellis Act, landmark legislation passed in 1985 that bars local governments from making property owners stay in the apartment business. Before the Ellis Act was passed in 1985, rent-controlled cities — Santa Monica in… Read More

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A bill threatening to undermine a landlord’s right to leave San Francisco’s rental housing business is scheduled for an important committee hearing early next month. SB 364 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, goes before the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee at 1:30 p.m. April. 7. The bill takes aim at the Ellis Act, landmark legislation passed in 1985 that bars local governments from making property owners stay in the apartment business. Before the Ellis Act was passed in 1985, rent-controlled cities — Santa Monica in particular —  were forcing landlords to stay in business, even if they were losing… Read More

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Since July 2014, San Francisco has seen 33 Ellis Act eviction notices, according to the Rent Board. This marks a steep decline in use of the Ellis Act.  Month  Ellis eviction notices  Jan. 2015  4  Dec. 2014  17  Nov. 2014  8  Oct. 2014  1  Sept. 2014  0  Aug. 2014  1  July 2014  2

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Like last year, a bill is threatening to undercut a landlord’s right to leave San Francisco’s over-regulated rental housing business. The proposal, SB 364 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, targets the Ellis Act. Before the Ellis Act was passed in 1985, rent-controlled cities — Santa Monica in particular —  were forcing landlords to stay in business, even if they were losing money or experiencing other hardships. In many respects, SB 364 would turn the clock back 30 years in San Francisco. It would force many rental property owners in The City to wait at least five years before removing… Read More

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When he was 13, Brian Govender and his family moved into a San Francisco apartment with rent control. Naturally, the boy didn’t sign the lease. His parents, being grownups, took care of that. Fast forward a decade. Govender, now in his mid-20s, still lives in the rent-controlled apartment. His parents do not. This posed an interesting question regarding when rent control can expire. On one hand, Govender was a young teen when he moved in, so he didn’t sign the rental agreement. Some might say rent control protections for the unit lapsed when his parents moved out. Others would consider… Read More

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Make sure your company gets the attention it deserves as hundreds of rental housing decision-makers gather for CAA Connect – Northern California Rental Housing Conference & Expo. This premiere California Apartment Association event returns to the Santa Clara Convention Center on Wednesday, April 8. Exhibitor booths and sponsorship opportunities are now on sale. Take advantage of this opportunity to put your products in front of the most influential members of the multi-family housing industry. What you need to know What: CAA Connect – Northern California Rental Housing Conference & Expo When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 8 Where:… Read More

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