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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.

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

Read about the May 2015 CCRM Series.

Read about the July-September 2015 CCRM Series.

Solar Water Heating—The Landlord's Secret Profit Generator?

Please note: This class has been cancelled. Thank you.

Subtenants Class

Our Sub-tenants 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?

This class will be taught by Dave Wasserman and Curtis Dowling, two of SF's top Real Estate Attorneys.

Details: Tuesday, March 10, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason Bldg 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 for by contacting Stephanie Alonzo at 415.255.2288 x13 or stephanie@sfaa.org.

Legal Issues Affecting Short-Term Rentals—Airbnb Seminar

Are Short-Term Rentals of Residential Real Property Legal in San Francisco? Can you evict your tenant if you can prove they are using the unit for short term rentals?  Come find out the answer to these questions and many more concerning the laws around Short Term Rentals at our AIRBNB seminar given by attorney Steven Williams of Fried & Williams LLP.

This seminar will cover the below topics:

  • Legality of short-term rental (i.e., Airbnb, VRBO, etc.) in San Francisco
  • Specific prohibitions in the Planning Code and Administrative Code
  • Additional Concerns for Tenants
  • Case Studies
  • 2015 Changes to the Law

Details: Thursday, March 12, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason Bldg C, room 205

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

Tenant Lawsuits Class

By popular demand, SFAA is offering a class that will help members understand and comply with all the laws on receiving a Tenant Lawsuit.

This class will show how tenant lawsuits are filed against a landlord. Our class is taught by contributing attorneys Steven Williams of Fried & Williams LLP & Harry Barth of BarthCalderon, LLP from San Diego.

Part I. Tenant Lawsuits

  • Wrongful Eviction
  • Breach Of Warranty Of Habitability / Mold
  • Illegal Units
  • Defenses
  • Damages

Part II. Asset Protection Planning

  • Protect Your Property From Creditors, Predators, Liens, and Judgments
  • Choosing Proper Legal Structures For Your Property to Minimize Liability
  • Business vs. Personal Holdings
  • Protecting Your Privacy
  • Purpose Of Estate And Financial Planning In Asset Protection

Details: Wednesday, March 18, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Fort Mason Bldg C, room 205

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 for 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.

Credit Reporting Class

Need a credit report for your prospective tenant?  What kind of credit report should you run? With today’s complicated application and credit screening regulations, you can’t afford to be confused.  Avoid unnecessary expense & loss of rental income. Come and learn from Kathy Parsons from Credit Bureau Associates on how to properly run a credit screening.

In this class we will cover:

  • Learn how to read your credit report
  • Learn the key factors that influence your risk score
  • Learn how to communicate with creditors
  • Negotiate settlements and resolution of disputes and outstanding balances
  • Learn how to dispute items that appear on your credit report with the national credit bureaus
  • Prepare an action plan to meet your goals and prevent negative credit in the future

Details: This class is being offered twice this Spring:

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.

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.