Landlord / Tenants Rights

Tenant Security Deposits

A security deposit (also called Last Months Rent, Damage Deposit, etc) is considered to be any monies held in escrow by the landlord.  The laws regarding security deposits are applicable regardless of rent control status.

Single Unit Limit

There are a number of specific conditions that must be met for a property owner to use owner occupancy as Just Cause for evicting a tenant.  One condition that must be met post Proposition G (which went into effect Nov 1998) is that a property may only have one owner-occupancy eviction. This restriction applies FOREVER regardless if the property is resold (notwithstanding a few hardship exemptions).

Rent Control

Rent Control is obviously a common point of interest for tenants and landlords alike, albeit for different reasons.  To be precise, “rent control” refers to Chapter 37 of the San Francisco Administrative Code – The Residential Rate Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance.  Rent control was enacted in 1979 in response to, among a myriad of things, the effects of high inflation rates on San Francisco real estate prices, property taxes, and other property related expenses.

Recording an Owner-Occupancy Eviction

There are a number of specific conditions that must be met for a property owner to use owner occupancy as Just Cause for evicting a tenant.  One condition that must be met post Proposition G (which went into effect Nov 1998) is that, for an owner-occupancy eviction to be valid, the occupying owners must record in the San Francisco County Records a document that designates that the unit has an owner-occupancy eviction and any restrictions related to it.

Protected Tenants

There are a number of specific conditions that must be met for a property owner to use owner occupancy as Just Cause for evicting a tenant.  One condition that must be met is that property owner can not evict “protected tenants” except in rare scenarios.  Protected tenants include people 60 years old or over and the disabled.