SFAA Government Affairs
SFAA’s Government affairs staff advocates at City Hall and City departments like Building Inspection, Planning, and Public Health on legislation, policies, and ballot measures that impact rental housing providers citywide.
Repeal of Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act
Assembly Bill 1506
Assembly Bill 1506, which would repeal the state’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, has been scheduled for a legislative hearing before the California Assembly Housing and Community Development committee in Sacramento on January 11, 2018 at 9am in Room#4202.
The Costa-Hawkins Act does three main things:
- Allows rents to be set at market value when a tenant moves out (vacancy decontrol)
- Exempts single family homes and condominiums from rent control
- Prohibits rent control on buildings built after June 13, 1979
If AB 1506 passes, cities throughout California would be able to:
- Prohibit you from setting the asking rent for an apartment when it becomes vacant
- Place single family homes and condominiums under rent control and eviction control
- Place buildings built after 1979 under rent control and eviction control
It’s incredibly important that you make your voice heard to say “NO on 1506” by reaching out to Committee Chair David Chiu to let him know how this bill would negatively impact you and your tenants. Be prepared to provide your address to let him know you are a constituent.
Assembly District 17-- Assembly Member David Chiu (co-sponsor of AB 1506)
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2017
SF Office: (415) 557-3013
Text of Assembly Bill 1506: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1506
COSTA HAWKINS AB 1506 REPEAL UPDATE
Initiative Statute-Expands Local Governments’ Authority To Enact Rent Control on Residential Property
Individuals are also collecting signatures to place a measure on the November 2018 ballot which would do the same thing as AB 1506- repeal the state’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. The measure has not yet qualified for the November 2018 ballot. If the measure qualifies for the November 2018 ballot, SFAA and CAA members will be asked to contribute to a statewide opposition campaign.
Title and Summary: https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/initiatives/pdfs/Title%20and%20Summary%20%2817-0041%29.pdf
10/24/17: Consider Housing a North Bay Fire Victim Today
SFAA is working with the City of San Francisco to offer Good Samaritan tenancies to victims of the fires in the Wine Country and the North Bay.
Good Samaritan tenancies are typically one or two year tenancies that are offered at below market rate to victims of a natural disaster. Good Samaritan tenancies differ from typical rent-controlled tenancies in that at the expiration of the lease term, the property owner has the right to extend the tenancy, end the tenancy, or adjust the rent to fair market value.
If you have a vacancy that you’d be willing to use to help somebody in need, please consider offering your apartment to a victim of the California fires. Please contact Ben Amyes at the San Francisco Human Services Agency via email or phone at Benjamin.Amyes@sfgov.org or 415-557-5370 if you are able to offer housing in this time of need.
For technical questions about the Good Samaritan law and program, please contact Charley Goss at the SFAA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-255-2288.
Read more about the Good Samaritan program here.
SFAA Political Action Committee and Legal Fund
SFAA’s Political Action Committee works to support and recommend local candidates and ballot measures to foster a friendlier environment for rental housing providers. SFAA’s Legal Fund is used to litigate against laws that have passed at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that infringe upon the rights of property owners.