• Extending Rent Control… Watch out Landlords…

    On Monday, November 2, 2009, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee will hear a proposal to extend the just cause eviction protection of the rent control ordinance  to tenants residing in rental units built after June 13, 1979.   This proposal has become known to our industry as “rent control on new construction.” The price controls of rent control will not apply. 

    This proposed law means that you will no longer be able to use a “thirty day notice to vacate” to terminate a tenancy.  You will only be able to reclaim a rental unit for one of the thirteen just causes for eviction listed on the rent board’s website: http://www.sfgov.org/site/rentboard_index.asp. Most owners subject to the rent control law pay attorney’s thousands of dollars to reclaim a rental unit.

    Also, this law greatly impedes an owner’s ability to move back into a condominium in the newly constructed projects, and many owners purchased these units believing they could always move in when they needed to.
    We are asking that our members call, e-mail and/or write the committee members of the Board of Supervisors expressing their opposition to this law change.
    It would be beneficial to our opposition position if you could show up and speak at the hearing next week.  The only chance we have of killing this proposal is if massive crowds of people show up to oppose the measure.

    The hearing will be held Monday November 2, 2009 at 1:00pm at City Hall, Room 263.
    Then, call, e-mail and/or write the Board of Supervisor committee members and Mayor:
    District 3
    David Chiu- Board President
    (415) 554-7450
    David.Chiu@sfgov.org 
    District 1
    Eric Mar
    (415) 554-7410
    Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org
    District 10
    Sophie Maxwell
    (415) 554-7670
    Sophie.Maxwell@sfgov.org
    Mayor Gavin Newsom
    (415) 554-6141
    Fax: (415) 554-6160
    gavin.newsom@sfgov.org

    Thanks to SFAA to keeping us up on all these issues!

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