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SFAA News — August 2009

Daly Regulations Unlikely to Survive Veto
Despite passionate protests from the landlord community, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to pass a package of so-called “renters rights” laws authored by Supervisor Chris Daly, which expands the rights of tenants who want to add roommates, limits the amount of banked rent increases and disallows rents that are more than one-third of some tenants’ incomes. Luckily, the mayor vetoed all of these changes, and Daly is not likely to have enough votes to override.

Most likely to be defeated is Daly’s most controversial piece of legislation, which would bar landlords from increasing rent to more than one-third of a tenant’s income. The supervisor tried to curb opposition by introducing an amendment that limited who is eligible for the “tenant hardship” provision to people who are unemployed, those whose wages have fallen by 20% or more over the past year, or those whose sole income is from government assistance.

Daly’s legislation passed with Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi, David Campos, David Chiu, Eric Mar and John Avalos joining Daly in support. Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd voted against all three measures. Supervisor Bevan Dufty voted for the banked rent increase measure but against the law dealing with extra roommates and the income measure. Supervisor Sophie Maxwell was recused because she owns rental properties, though she could be permitted to participate in a veto override by the Fair Political Practices Commission, which had not issued a ruling at press time. Eight votes are needed to override a veto.

Even if this legislation is defeated, other proposals are cropping up that would also negatively affect the landlord community. Supervisor Mar introduced a measure that would make it illegal for owners who want to move into their property to evict families with children. It would expand existing laws, which already protect seniors, disabled people and the terminally ill from owner move-in evictions in multiunit buildings. Single-family homes and condos are exempt from the existing and proposed laws. Finally, there is legislation from Supervisor Avalos (which has not yet had a public hearing) that would expand eviction protections to tenants in units not covered by rent control.

SFAA will be fighting all of these changes, but it needs your help. Email or call your supervisor and tell them not to vote for these unnecessary programs. Let the mayor know that you support his vetoes. In this economic climate, when many are struggling to hold onto their properties, landlords cannot bear even more costly legislation that cuts into their already-diminished incomes.

Lock Boxes to Be Voluntary
SFAA would like to thank its members for taking the time to email the San Francisco Fire Department about the proposed new lock box program. The fire marshal reported receiving more than 140 emails from SFAA members opposing this potentially costly and untested new program; and thanks to this outpouring of disapproval, the program will be voluntary, not mandatory. Installation of a lock box system was estimated to cost around $350, and expensive yearly inspection fees would have cost even more money. Congratulations on saving San Francisco rental housing owners another costly fee and tax.

See You at CCRM

SFAA is once again sponsoring its popular CCRM Property Management Series for fall 2009. The fall series starts August 27 and runs through October 29 at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. This course will give you the knowledge you need to understand and perform the day-to-day tasks of property management.

The last CCRM series sold out, so register today and don’t miss out. You can register online at For more information, please contact Vanessa Khaleel at 415-255-2288 x16 or

Yehaw! It’s Time for the SFAA Trade Show

SFAA’s annual trade show will be held September 21, 2009, at Fort Mason. The “Wild, Wild West” event runs from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will take the place of the monthly membership meeting. Professionals who provide products and services to property owners will be on hand to talk with all attendees. This western-themed event is open to the general public and is free.

SFAA is still looking for sponsors for this lively event. Sponsorship is the simplest way to distribute information about your business to property owners. Participation is important for retaining current customers and showing your business off to potential new clients. Sponsorship is available at all levels, from the Lone Ranger level ($500 for booth space and signage at the event) to the Big Guns ($1,000 for a corner table, promotional flyers, signage and your company name listed on the cover of a future issue of SF Apartment Magazine). For more information, please contact Vanessa Khaleel at 415-255-2288 x16 or, or click here.

Let the Voting Begin
SFAA is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Trophy Awards. The Trophy Awards will honor the best of San Francisco’s rental housing community on November 19, 2009, at The Palace Hotel.

Nominate your favorite firms, employees and properties for any of the following Trophy Award categories: Independent Owner, Property Management Firm, General Manager, Resident Manager, Green Building, Assistant Manager, Residential Amenities, Leasing Consultant, Repositioned Property, Administrative Professional, New Development, Maintenance Manager, Industry Partner and Maintenance Technician.

Nominate online at (nominate a business here; nominate an individual here). For more information about the 2009 Trophy Awards, contact Vanessa Khaleel at 415-255-2288 x16 or

New Rules for Marketing Materials
A new law went into effect on July 1, 2009, which requires real-estate brokers and salespersons (this includes property management companies), when engaged in acts for which a license is required, to disclose their California Department of Real Estate license number on all “solicitation materials” intended as the first “point of contact” with consumers (consumers includes property owner clients). They must also include their license number on all real property purchase agreements when acting as an agent in those transactions. (The law does not apply to unlicensed individuals, such as onsite property managers, because they do not engage in acts that require a license.)