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SFAA EVENTS & EDUCATION
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Below are selections from a recent edition of SFAA's San Francisco Apartment magazine. SFAA members receive the full magazine every month.
by Emily Landes
by Clifford Fried
The TIC Corner
Meeting in the Middle
by D. Andrew Sirkin
by Various Authors
Billions of Bills
by Debra Carlton
News from SF Apartment Magazine
San Francisco aiming to ease rent-hike jolts from seismic upgrades
Owners of San Francisco buildings most likely to collapse during a major earthquake are now required to make seismic upgrades in coming years, but can pass all costs to tenants.
While tenant advocates had initially fought for a cost reduction for renters, they supported the proposal after city officials agreed to reform a tenant financial hardship program overseen by the Rent Board.
SF Weighs Requiring Soft-Story Earthquake Retrofits
Seismic upgrades costly but needed (SF Examiner, 3/20/2013): "What’s crystal clear is that The City cannot wait another 25 years to address the safety risks posed by soft-story buildings. After all, everyone will lose if nothing is done before the next Big One hits. The appropriate solution should allow building owners to recover all their costs while sparing tenants any more rent increases than are necessary to get this work done as soon as possible."
Huffington Post (2/14/2013): San Francisco earthquake retrofit proposal could put renters at risk
"A proposal to seismically retrofit some 3,000 buildings in San Francisco has come under fire due to fears that it could cause a wave of rent increases and potentially problematic temporary evictions."
On KQED's Forum program Feb. 5, SFAA's Charley Goss discusses the proposal to mandate earthquake retrofitting of soft-story structures by 2020.
ABC News 7 (2/5/2013): San Francisco introduces earthquake building guidelines
"San Francisco Apartment Association spokesman Charley Goss said the organization is supportive of the proposal because 'an owner is given sufficient time and financing options.'"
A Warning for Hosts of Airbnb Travelers
Back in September, Nigel Warren rented out his bedroom in the apartment where he lives for $100 a night on Airbnb, the fast-growing Web site for short-term home and apartment stays. His roommate was cool with it, and his guests behaved themselves during their stay in the East Village building where he is a renter.
But when he returned from a three-night trip to Colorado, he heard from his landlord. Special enforcement officers from the city showed up while he was gone, and the landlord received five violations for running afoul of rules related to illegal transient hotels. Added together, the potential fines looked as if they could reach over $40,000.
Monoxide detector rules expand Jan. 1
Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer, but on Jan. 1, millions of Californians will be safer under a law requiring landlords to provide alarms that detect the gas in apartment houses and other multi-family buildings.
About 23,000 multi-unit residences in San Francisco will be affected in this second installment of a gradual rollout of a law enacted in 2010 that requires detectors for the deadly gas, which is odorless and colorless.
S.F. bedbug exterminations to be tracked
San Francisco bedbugs: Stand up and be counted. That is the message from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which approved an ordinance this month intended to give the city a more accurate picture of where the pests lurk.
Exterminators will now be required to report to the Department of Public Health about the number of units that they treat for bedbugs each month. While they won't have to include the address of the infested apartments or hotels, they will be required to identify each unit's census tract to help chart the bugs' distribution around the city.
Proposal would require landlords to designate non-smoking apartments
Although they often butt heads, landlords and tenant advocates have joined forces in support of a proposed new ordinance that apartment owners believe could increase the supply of smoke-free rental housing in The City.
SFAA would likely support an outright citywide ban on smoking in apartments, since smoking causes landlords all sorts of problems, including increased maintenance costs.
Rent increases: As of March 1, 2013 the new annual rent increase rate is 1.9%.
Parking Tax Amnesty
To register for the Parking Tax Amnesty, by June 30, 2013 building owners must complete and submit to the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector:
a Business Registration Certificate (this is already required for buildings of 4+ units)
Owners must then begin paying the annual tax on income from parking spaces rented to non-residents and will be amnestied from all taxes owed prior to April 2011.
The SF Treasurer and Tax Collector offers an Amnesty Hotline at 415.554.7377.
If you've already registered your business or apartment building but need to make a revision to your registration, click here.
Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Policy
In early February 2013 Mayor Lee signed into law a Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Policy for San Francisco Rental Housing Providers. Read more about the legislation and download the ordinance.
Reminder: CO Detectors Required in Apartments 1/1/13
Details and Requirements of California's Carbon Monoxide
Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010. Learn more.
SFAA Board recommends approaches for apartment-sharing
With online bookings at apartment-sharing and travel websites more than quintupling between June 2011 and June 2012, SFAA’s Board of Directors met recently to discuss an industry approach to respond to and deal with tenants who use travel websites to re-rent their apartments out as nightly or short-term hotel rooms. Learn more. Read a letter to the City of San Francisco written on behalf of SFAA and the Coalition for Better Housing.
Bills CAA is Supporting
CAA's Legislative Steering Committee has met and taken a support position on a number of quality bills. Learn more.
Legislation introduced at Board of Supervisors meeting. Learn more.