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Select a link to learn about our current Education offerings:

For information about classes offered in the past, visit our education archive page.

Cancellation policy
If you register for an SFAA class and need to cancel you must provide at least 72 hours' notice in order to receive a full refund.

How Business Taxes Are Changing (a free seminar)

In 2014, the City will phase in a Gross Receipts Tax and reduce the Payroll Expense Tax over the next five years. The Gross Receipts Tax will only apply to businesses with more than $1 million in annual gross receipts, exempting most small businesses. Business Registration Fees will also change for all businesses. The seminar will include an overview of the new changes and a schedule of tax filings.

To help you get ready SFAA is partnering with The San Francisco Economic and Workforce Development Office to present free educational workshops. Join us for a free seminar to learn more about how business tax will be changing.

All of the below sessions will be held at the SF Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA:

  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B
  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B

Register today
Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Marianne Thompson at 415.554.6297 or marianne.thompson@sfgov.org.

Accessibility
The meeting location is accessible to persons using wheelchairs and others with disabilities. Materials in alternative formats, American Sign Language interpreters and other accommodations can be made available upon request by calling 415.554.6297 at least 72 hours in advance.

Transit and Parking
The closest accessible BART station is Civic Center. The accessible MUNI line serving this location is the #19 Polk. For information about Muniís accessible service, please call 311. Accessible parking is available at 355 McAllister, Civic Center Plaza Garage, call 415.863.1537.

CCRM Winter 2015 Property Management Series

SFAA's 2015 Winter Property Management Series starts Tuesday, January 6, and runs through Tuesday, March 10, at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Each session starts promptly at 6 p.m.

This course will give you the knowledge you need to understand and perform the day to day tasks of property management. Make your resume stand out from others when interviewing.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Preparing the Property and Professional Leasing Skills
  • The Move-In-Process, Rent Collection and Notices
  • Resident Issues and Ending the Tenancy
  • Professional Skills for Supervisors
  • Maintenance Management: Maintaining a Property
  • Liability & Risk Management: Protecting the Investment
  • Budget Development and Implementation
  • Fair Housing: It's the Law
  • Ethics & Property Management

Download the CCRM registration flyer here.

Fee: $750 for full series for SFAA members; $900 for full series for non-members

Seismic Soft Story Retrofit Seminar

San Francisco Mandatory Soft Story Upgrades

Are you a building owner who received the City's screening form in the past month?   What is the timeline from the city to complete this process? How long do I have to complete the work?  To learn more about the City's soft story mandate.

The seminar will be given by Q-Architecture which was founded by four licensed professionals in architecture, engineering and landscape architecture. Together they garner altogether a 100-year award-winning portfolio integrating design in the contemporary European flare with North American technical know-how.  

Details: Monday, February 2, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason, Building C, room 210, in San Francisco

Fee: $55 for SFAA members, $75 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Raising Rents

Confused about how to calculate security deposit interest? Wondering how to increase a tenant's rent when you havenít done it for several years? Worried you've increased a tenantís rent too much and donít know what to do about it? Want to know what the Rent Board fee is and how to collect it from your tenants? Join the club! Even some seasoned property managers (and even lawyers) donít know some of the ins and outs of dealing with these issues.

Topics include an overview of options for increasing rents. (Annual/Banked, Bonds, Utility, Cap. Imp., O&M):

    • Annual and Banked increases. How to calculate, what to do when you've increased too much, definition of null and void increases.
    • Did you give the proper notice?
    • How much notice does a landlord have to give?
    • What form do I use?
    • Calculating Security Deposit Interest
    • Charging for Rent Board Fee
Details: Monday, February 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Fort Mason, Building C, room 210, in San Francisco

Fee: $55 for SFAA members, $75 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Passthroughs

Rent Board mysteries revealed. The Rent Ordinance contains many options for increasing tenants' rent and recouping expenses that most landlords don't take advantage of. Come and learn what some of the little-used increases are and how to apply for them as well as learn about other Rent Board rules that often confound even the savviest landlords.

Topics include options for completing a passthrough, including:

  • Bond Passthroughs (water and general)
  • Utility Petition (PG&E)
  • Capital Improvement Petitions
  • O&M Petitions’
  • Other options: Comparables petition, 1.21, etc.

Passthroughs is taught by Kim Boyd Bermingham of The Rent Board Passthroughs. 

Details: Wednesday, February 18, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason, building C, room 205, in San Francisco

Fee: $55 for SFAA members, $75 for non-members

Register today:

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Three-Day Notice Class

Are you sure that you are preparing and serving three-day notices correctly? Did you know that you can’t including parking charges or late fees? How are you serving the notice? Do you have proof of receipt? A three-day notice is just a piece of paper if it’s not completed properly and you don’t have follow through.

The class will be taught by Attorney Frank Kim and Jo Biel of Eviction Assistance. Jo and Frank have been processing three-day notices for more than 25 years. Come learn the pitfalls of preparing and serving these notices.

Details: Thursday, February 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Fort Mason, Building C, Room 205

Fee: $55 for SFAA members; $95 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Pets - Support/Comfort Animals Class

Are you sure that your tenant has a pet in the unit? Is the pet a comfort or support animal? What is the difference between a comfort animal to a support animal? How do you deal with a tenant that has a pet in a no pet building? Is the Accommodation Necessary? Is Proof Required For An Accommodation? What Kind of Proof Should a Landlord Accept? Come and have all these questions and more answered.

The class will be taught by Eric Andresen, SFAA President & CPM, of West Coast Property Management; Dave Wasserman, of Wasserman & Stern, LLC; and Saul Ferster of Law Offices Of Saul Ferster. Eric, Dave & Saul have been dealing with pet issues for more than 10 years. Come learn the pitfalls and the correct procedures of how to deal with tenants with pets.

Details: Tuesday, February 24, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason, Building C, Room 210

Fee: $55 for SFAA members; $75 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Stay in compliance with our Asbestos Training Course March 30 & 31

Violations of Asbestos regulations carry penalties of up to $25,000 per day, per violation!

This 16-hour mandatory course taken over two days is individually designed to meet the needs of property maintenance staff as they engage in routine facility maintenance that may require incidental disturbance of asbestos containing material. This course meets the requirements for accomplishing Class III and Class IV asbestos-related work. Training is accomplished through lectures, use of audiovisual aids, class discussion and hands-on experience.

If you and/or your maintenance staff are working on properties that may contain
asbestos, this 16-hour course is really not an option...it's necessary!

Details: Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Fort Mason Center in San Francisco,  Building C, 3/30: Room 210, 3/31: Room 230

Fee: $200 for SFAA members; $300 for non-members (Respirator included)

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today for both sessions by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Mold Certification Class

Mold can create maintenance concerns for your rental property and health issues for your tenants.

This class is recommended for rental owners, property managers, and maintenance employees. It covers health effects that mold may have on your renters or employees; indoor conditions which can lead to the growth of mold and routine maintenance tasks that prevent the growth of mold.

This course counts toward two Continuing Education credits.

This class is for both current certificate holders seeking renewal and those wanting to become new certificate holders.

You must renew your Mold Certification annually. If you received Mold Certification in 2014 you must renew your certificate this year and every year moving forward to keep it valid.

Course Instructor: Benchmark Environmental

Details: Tuesday, April 7, 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Fort Mason, Building C, Room 210, in San Francisco

Fee: $75 for SFAA members; $100 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Compliance with EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency has revised its Lead-Based Paint Renovation and Repair Regulations and now requires property owners and management companies to implement lead-safe work practices and certification training for paid contractors and maintenance professionals working in pre-1978 housing.

For information about who should take this class and who needs to be certified, please visit the EPA website here.

The course is a one-day (eight-hour) class that explains how to comply with EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule. Subjects that will be covered include:

  • health effects,
  • regulations,
  • lead-safe work practices,
  • containment,
  • cleaning, and record keeping.

Details: Thursday, May 7, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fort Mason, Building C, room 210, in San Francisco

Fee: $295 for SFAA members; $395 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Four-Hour Lead Safe Renovator Refresher Class

If you’ve already completed the 8-hour Lead Safe Renovator – Initial, you are eligible for this 4-hour refresher training. The EPA requires Certified Renovators take this refresher training course every five years to maintain compliance with the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.

This refresher training course was developed by the EPA, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to train renovation, repair, and painting contractors how to work safely in housing with lead-based paint and comply with EPA's RRP Rule, and HUD's Lead Safe Housing Rule.

  • 4 Hours of Interactive Refresher Training
  • Hands-on Classroom Experience
  • Lead Renovator Certification Renewal

Details: Tuesday, June 16, 8:00 am - Noon

Where: Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Building C, Room 210

Fee: $75 for SFAA members; $150 for non-members

No refunds or credits will be given to registrants who cancel less than three business days before the class.

Register today by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.