Allowable Rent Increases, Security Deposit Interest, Rent Board Fees


San Francisco's Rent Board Fee is $25.00


Chapter 37A of San Francisco’s Administrative code allows the city to collect a per-unit fee for each residential dwelling unit that is subject to the San Francisco rent ordinance. This fee defrays the entire cost of operation of the rent Board. 

This fee is billed to the landlord each year on the property tax statement sent in November, but the law permits landlords to collect a portion of the rent Board fee from those tenants in occupancy as of November 1 of each year. 

A landlord is allowed to collect 50% of the cost of the fee from the tenant. if you have not collected rent Board fees in the past, you can collect back to 1999.  

ALLOWABLE RENT BOARD FEE COLLECTIBLE FROM TENANTS:
 
Tax Year              Amount 
 2019-2020  $25.00
 2018-2019
 $22.50
 2017-2018  $22.50
 2016-2017  $20.00
 2015-2016  $18.50 
 2014-2015  $18.50 
 2013-2014  $14.50
 2012-2013  $14.50
 2011-2012  $14.50
 2010-2009  $14.50
 2008-2009  $14.50
 2007-2008  $13.00
 2006-2007  $11.00
 2005-2006  $10.00
 2004-2005  $11.00
 2003-2004  $21.50
 2002-2003  $21.50
 2001-2002  $16.00
 2000-2001  $16.00
 1999-2000  $16.00


Contact the SF Rent Board for more information: 415-252-4600.

SFAA offers the Notice Regarding Security Deposit Interest and Rent Board Fee. Members can download the form for free; non-members can purchase in the online store or at the SFAA Office.

Allowable Rent Increases

Effective March 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021, the allowable annual increase amount is 1.8%. In accordance with Rules and Regulations Section 1.12, this amount is based on 60% of the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose region for the 12-month period ending October 31, which was 3.0% as posted in November 2019 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To calculate the dollar amount of the 1.8% annual rent increase, multiply the tenant's base rent by .018.  For example, if the tenant's base rent is $1,500.00, the annual increase would be calculated as follows: $1,500 x .018 = $27.00.  The tenant's new base rent would be $1,527.00 ($1,500.00 + $27.00 = $1527.00). see sfrb.org 



SFAA offers the 30 and 60 Day Notices of Change of Monthly RentMembers can download the form for free; non-members can purchase in the online store or at the SFAA Office.

Interest on Deposits

Deposits include all tenant monies that the owner holds, regardless of what they are called. At the landlord’s option, the payment may be made directly to the tenant or by allowing the tenant to deduct the amount of interest due from the rental payment.


Period   Amount
 03/01/20 - 02/28/21  2.2%
 03/01/19 - 02/29/20
 2.2%
 03/01/18 - 02/28/19  1.2%
 03/01/17 - 02/28/18    0.6%
 03/01/16 - 02/28/17    0.2%
 03/01/15 - 02/29/16  0.1%
 03/01/14 - 02/28/15  0.3%
 03/01/13 - 02/28/14  0.4%
 03/01/12 - 02/28/13  0.4%
 03/01/11 - 02/29/12  0.4%
 03/01/10 - 02/28/11  0.9%
 03/01/09 - 02/28/10  3.1%
 03/01/08 - 02/28/09  5.2%
 03/01/07 - 02/29/08  5.2%
 03/01/06 - 02/28/07  3.7%
 03/01/05 - 02/28/06  1.7%
 03/01/04 - 02/28/05  1.2%
 03/01/03 - 02/29/04  1.2%

For more information, download this document from the Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board.

SFAA offers the Notice Regarding Security Deposit Interest and Rent Board FeeMembers can download the form for free; non-members can purchase in the online store or at the SFAA Office.