SFAA Government Affairs

Legislative Advocacy

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.


AB 2219 (hyperlink http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2219 )


AB 2219 was introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco. The proposal would prohibit a landlord from refusing to accept payment from a third party of a tenant’s rent if the third party does not reside on the premises, and if the third party provides the landlord with a signed acknowledgment that acceptance of the rent does not establish a landlord-tenant relationship between the landlord and the third party.


AB 2925 (hyperlink http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2925 )


The “just cause” bill comes from Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda. Under the legislation, rental property owners could only proceed with an eviction after providing the tenant with a written notice outlining the reason for the termination. Such requirements, found in San Francisco and a number of California rent control cities, provide a limited number of reasons for which a property owner can terminate a tenancy. These limitations can make it difficult — if not impossible — to evict bad tenants, including those suspected of criminal activity, such as drug-dealing – unless other tenants and witnesses are willing to testify at trial. 


AB 2343 (hyperlink http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2343 )


Authored by San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu, AB 2343 would force landlords to wait longer before starting the eviction process. The bill would bring the wait time to 10 days when a tenant has failed to pay the rent, and five days when a tenant has violated the lease. After the process starts, tenants would have an additional 14 days, instead of the current five days, to respond to the eviction lawsuit.


AB 2364 and 2365 (no link)


AB 2364 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, would weaken the Ellis Act, a law that protects a property owner’s right to leave the rental housing industry. AB 2365 would triple the amount of notice owners must give tenants before using the Ellis Act. Currently, landlords must give most tenants four months’ notice; under Bloom’s bill, the notice requirement would expand to one year. 

The lawmakers behind these eviction-related bills, Bloom, Bonta and Chiu, were also the authors of AB 1506, a bill that sought to overturn the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a 1995 law that protects Californians from extreme versions of rent control.


CAA Launches SaveCostaHawkins.org (hyperlink www.savecostahawkins.org)


Tenant advocates are now attempting to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act through a statewide ballot measure targeted for the November 2018 election.


Signature gathering to qualify the initiative began after the state attorney general issued a title and summary for measure which you can find here (hyperlink https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/initiatives/pdfs/Title%20and%20Summary%20%2817-0041%29.pdf)


Qualifying the ballot measure for the fall became the focus of tenant groups in January after CAA and its allies defeated AB 1506, a bill that would have overturned Costa-Hawkins and brought extreme forms of rent control back to California.


The bill fell just one vote shy of advancing to the Assembly floor, leaving tenant activists and their allies more determined than ever to overturn California’s most important landlord-protection law.


The California Apartment Association is assembling a campaign plan to defeat the initiative. Within 30 to 45 days, CAA will begin securing assistance from rental property owners throughout the state. Stay tuned for more information and instructions on how you can help.

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.


2018 Fire Safety Requirements
A building-specific disclosure must be given to residents by January 1, 2018. This disclosure is customized for your building and apartments and is included in the 2018 SFAA Rental Agreement. The disclosure must include a link to the Fire Department’s video on fire safety and should be given to your residents annually: http://sf-fire.org/tenant-fire-safety-disclosure-information


The following 2 templates should be given to residents by January 1, 2018 and every year thereafter.  It should also be posted in building common areas on every floor:




The Fire Panel Statement of Compliance should be filled out by your fire panel servicing company and should be mailed to the Fire Department ASAP. For buildings without a fire alarm panel, you can use the template form at the same link. The Statement of Compliance (if needed) should be posted with the template forms which are required to be posted in building common areas on every floor: http://sf-fire.org/statement-compliance-form-building-owners

A contact for the building should be listed at or near the building entrance: http://sf-fire.org/building-contact-number-guidance-building-owners

Building Owners must keep copies of this information for two years. These requirements apply to buildings of 3+ units.

Fire Department Requirements for Building Owners Web Page: http://sf-fire.org/new-fire-safety-requirements-building-owners

Ordinance 164-17:https://sfgov.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=5338078&GUID=1ACBAE60-EB34-459E-9313-BB2A09E8591F

Watch SFFD Captain Ken Cofflin's overview on current Fire Legislation

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