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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.

CCRM Summer & Fall 2014 Property Management Series

SFAA's 2014 Property Management Series has two series coming up for the Summer and Fall.

The Summer series starts Saturday, May 3, and runs through Saturday, May 17, at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Building C, Room 235. Each session starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.

The Fall series starts Tuesday, September 2, and runs through Tuesday, November 4, at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Each session starts promptly at 6 p.m.

These courses 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

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

Subtenants Class

Our Subtenants Class helps answer the many questions associated with this topic, including:

  • What do you do when your tenant announces they are moving in a new sub-tenant?
  • Are you still serving 6.14 notices?
  • Do 6.14 notices still need to be served now that Costa-Hawkins, a state law, governs rent increases when the last original tenant vacates?
  • Should landlords subscribe to the higher requirements of 6.14 in light of a state law's pre-emption over local legislation?
  • What happens if you serve a 6.14 and then seek to increase rent under Costa-Hawkins?

Taught by Dave Wasserman and Curtis Dowling, two of SF's top Real Estate Attorneys.

Details: Tuesday, April 8, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Fort Mason Bldg C, room 205

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

For questions, contact Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.


How to Deal with Difficult Tenants Class

In this class we will review:

  • What rights do tenants/management have
  • Ways to minimize “people” problems
  • Conflict management
  • Establish a feeling of collaboration with your tenants
  • Analyzing & effectively dealing with your tenants
  • Resolving common conflicts
  • Ending the tenancy of a problem tenant

Details: Thursday, April 17th, 6:00pm-9:00 pm

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

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

For questions, contact Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Stay in compliance with our Asbestos Training Course April 28th and 29th

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

If you own or manage property constructed prior to 1981, OSHA and EPA regulations presume your property poses an asbestos risk, unless an EPA certified inspector proves otherwise. Proof of an OSHA/EPA training course is required annually.

SFAA recommends taking the Asbestos 16-hour “Competent Level” Class III training course (Federal OSHA 1926.1101) (California OSHA CCR 1529.1). The training is provided by: BENCHMARK ENVIRONMENTAL.

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, April 28, and Tuesday, April 29, 2014
8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Where: Fort Mason Center in San Francisco,  Building C, Room 230

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

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

Register today for both sessions at the SFAA website or by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415-255-2288 ext 13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Landlord 101 with Dave Wasserman and Curtis Dowling

SFAA's popular two-part Landlord 101 class provides property owners and managers with the latest best practices around beginning and ending tenancy. Landlord 101 is taught by Dave Wasserman and Curtis Dowling, two of SF's top Real Estate attorneys.

Both of these classes count toward CCRM continued education:

  • Part I - Beginning the tenancy
    Tenant selection. Application process. Signing the Lease. Security deposits. Move-in inspection. Rent Collection. Enforcement of terms. Notices. Annual rent increases. Interest payments on security deposits. Tenant Relations.

    Details: Tuesday, May 6, 12:30-3:30 pm
    Fort Mason Building C, room 362

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

  • Part II - Ending the Tenancy
    Notices to vacate. Initial Inspections. Move-out inspections. Security deposit return. Deductions. Wear and tear. Personal property abandonment. Unit damage. Eviction rules and process. Rent Control overview.

    Details: Tuesday, May 13, 12:30-3:30 pm
    Fort Mason Building C, room 362

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

Pre-registration required. For questions, contact Stephanie Alonzo at 415-255-2288 ext 13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.


Bed Bug Regulations and Remediation

Bed bugs do not discriminate. Infestations happen in SRO units, luxury penthouses, and everything in between.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has recently revised their Bed Bug Rules and Regulations. Learn how to comply with the DPH requirements, limit your liability, and maximize the effectiveness of your Bed Bug treatments with this three-hour course taught by Richard Estrado of Atco Pest Control.

Details: Monday, May 19, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason, Building C, Room 362

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

For questions, contact Stephanie Alonzo at 415-255-2288 ext 13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.


Asset Protection Class

Protect your property from predators, creditors, leins and judgments

Taught by Harry M. Barth, J.D., MBA, MSFS, CFP®, this class will help you protect and control your assets before it's too late:

  • What is Asset Protection and its importance within our legal system
  • The distinction between your business and personal holdings
  • The different kinds of creditors and risk they poses to your wealth
  • Choosing the proper legal structure for your property to minimize your liabilities
  • Foreign and domestic tools & techniques for designing an “Asset Protection Blueprint”
  • Estate planning as part of asset protection planning
  • How insurance can protect you and neglect you
  • Wealth transfer to the next generation

Details: Tuesday, May 20, 12:30pm-3:30 pm

Where: Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Gatehouse

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

For questions, contact Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.


Passthroughs and Raising Rents

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.

Confused about how to calculate security deposit interest? Wondering how to increase a tenant’s rent when you haven’t done it for several years? Worried you’ve increased a tenant’s rent too much and don’t 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) don’t know some of the ins and outs of dealing with these issues.

Hours count towards CCRM continued education.

Topics include:

  • Overview of the Rent Ordinance and Rent Board
  • Overview of options for increasing rents. (Annual/Banked, Bonds, Utility, Cap. Imp., O&M).
  • Options for Increasing Rents, including:
     
    • Annual and Banked increases. How to calculate, what to do when you’ve increased too much, definition of null and void increases.
    • Bond Passthroughs (water and general)
    • Utility Petition (PG&E)
    • Capital Improvement Petitions
    • O&M Petitions’
    • Other options: Comparables petition, 1.21, etc.
  • Calculating Security Deposit Interest
  • Charging for Rent Board Fee

Passthroughs and Raising Rents is taught by Kim Boyd Bermingham of The Rent Board Passthroughs and Michelle Horneff-Cohen of Property Management Systems.

Details: Thursday, June 12, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Building C, room 362

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

Register today:

Pre-registration required. For questions, contact Stephanie Alonzo at 415-255-2288 ext 13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.