Changes to Rent Control, the new KW app and Hello from Dallas!

February 17, 2020

I am here in Dallas at the annual Keller Williams Family Reunion event learning how to serve your real estate needs more effectively. It is inspirational to hear what people across the world are doing in residential real estate.

Also, truly exciting is the new consumer facing app that KW will be releasing in the next week or so. Starting on the 18th, those of you with the existing KW app will find it upgraded. The content in the new app is so exciting and useful. You will be able to click on any neighborhood in the country and see instant stats on home prices and available inventory, and so much more. Stay tuned!

The market has taken off this year and it is busy out there. Interest rates are super low, and so is inventory which is spurring multiple offer situations on most properties. The usual for early in the year. It is very possible the slight flattening in the market last fall is all we are going to experience to reset the real estate cycle so if you are thinking of making a move, please call me and let’s strategize it! We have some exciting inventory coming including a condo in Mission Dolores and an amazing single family in the Richmond District. More to come on that!

Maybe less exciting is that at the same time as statewide rent control has gone into effect, SF has expanded our rent ordinance to include eviction control for every property. Previously, properties built before 1978 were entirely exempt from the rent ordinance. This has affected two of our clients this month who owned post-78 condos that they were planning to sell. If you have any situation with a tenant occupied property whether in SF or elsewhere, I urge you to seek legal advice before speaking with your tenants. I am here to provide referrals for this so please reach out. For a summary of the new CA rent control, see here.


Effective Date: January 19, 2020

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved an ordinance by Supervisor Matt Haney expanding the City’s current eviction controls so that they apply to all residential rental units regardless of when they were built. Prior law exempted from such control units in buildings having an original Certificate of Occupancy that was issued after June 13, 1979. The new law became effective January 19, 2020.

Under the new law, all residential rental units now fall under the jurisdiction of the Rent Board, are subject to rental unit fees to the Rent Board, and may be subject to tenant lawsuits for a landlord’s violation of the City’s eviction controls.

This new ordinance follows enactment of AB-1482, the Statewide Rent and Eviction Control measure which permitted local municipalities to pass more restrictive measures.


  • Rent Control:
    • San Francisco’s rent control provisions remain unaffected. Properties built after June 13, 1979 remain EXEMPT from the local rent increase restrictions. However, such properties ARE SUBJECT to statewide rent restrictions as applicable.
    • The statewide measure known as Costa Hawkins (Civil Code Section 1954.50 et seq.) remains substantially unaffected.
  • Eviction Control: Eviction control protections now apply equally to all properties in San Francisco, regardless of when they were built – INCLUDING SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AND CONDOS. For example, an owner (landlord/seller) of a residential rental unit in San Francisco having a certificate of occupancy that was issued after June 13, 1979 may no longer evict a tenant solely for not vacating at the conclusion of the written lease term, nor evict a month-to-month tenant of such a unit in preparation for the sale of the property with 30/60 days notice. Such a tenant now generally has the continued right to remain indefinitely unless there is a “just-cause” basis for eviction or alternatively, and with full compliance with all related legal requirements, a properly negotiated written voluntary buyout agreement and effectuated buyout. Such procedures are technical, expensive and, if not handled correctly, can result in serious liability and other ramifications. Engaging a qualified local landlord attorney before initiating any such procedures is strongly recommended.
  • Multiple Tiers of Rent and Eviction Control: Conflicts exist between the Statewide Measure and the San Francisco rent and eviction ordinance creating multiple tiers of rent/eviction controls. For example, there is a 15-year “rolling” exemption under the State law that exempts new construction built both (a) after June 13, 1979 and (b) with an original certificate of occupancy that was issued within 15 years before the date of rental. Thus, if the original certificate of occupancy was issued on July 31, 2006 it would be exempt from the new State law to and including July 30, 2021, if issued July 31, 2007, until July 30, 2022, etc. Determining how these laws affect any individual residential rental property is complex and should only be handled by a qualified San Francisco landlord-tenant attorney.

Due to the complexity of the new state laws and their impact on the existing and ever-changing local rules, interested parties are cautioned to seek the advice and counsel of a qualified local landlord-tenant attorney. Real estate agents cannot and will not give legal or tax advice.