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Tenant Buyouts Are On The Rise In S.F., As Are The Dollars Involved

Tenant Buyouts Are On The Rise In S.F., As Are The Dollars Involved

The number of tenants in rent controlled apartments who received a buyout offer to vacate and sought counseling from the San Francisco Tenants Union has increased from 90 in 2007 to 175 in 2013. While the maximum offer reported to the Tenants Union was $80,000, the average offer was closer to $21,000 with a median Read More »

Landlords Suing To Overturn Payout For Evicted Tenants In S.F.

The San Francisco Apartment Association and Coalition for Better Housing are preparing to file a federal lawsuit today which seeks to overturn the newly adopted and accelerated city law which requires landlords in San Francisco who invoke the Ellis Act to pay evicted tenants an upfront sum equal to the difference between their current rent Read More »

Realtors Target Of Drone Attacks On East Coast…

Realtors Target Of Drone Attacks On East Coast…

A week after clarifying that the use of a drone to photograph a property for use in its marketing is not to be considered a “hobby use” and is indeed illegal, regardless of whether the operator of the drone is directly compensated for the photography or not, the FAA has started issuing subpoenas to Realtors on Read More »

Alameda Freezes Building Permits, Increasing Impact Fees

With the demand for housing on the rise and a fast growing pipeline of developments in the works, the Alameda City Council has approved a moratorium on new building permits within the city of Alameda. In a move designed to help mitigate the impact of all the new development on local services and infrastructure, a Read More »

Leno Abandons Bill To Curb Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco

Senator Mark Leno has decided not to pursue his proposed bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco. Drafted “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not buy rent-controlled property and empty it of long-term tenants,” Senate Bill 1439 was tentatively passed by the State Senate last month but then Read More »

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions Rejected By Housing Committee

Senator Mark Leno’s proposed bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco has been rejected by the State Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee by a vote of 3 to 4. Drafted “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not buy rent-controlled property and empty it of long-term tenants,” Senate Read More »

Stiff “Anti-Speculation” Tax Headed To The Ballot Box In SF

A proposed measure which would establish a stiff tax to penalize real estate speculators in San Francisco appears to be headed for the November ballot. Designed by the San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition and sponsored by Supervisor Mar with the support of Supervisors Avalos, Campos and Kim (the four votes needed to place the measure on Read More »

Airbnb By The Numbers In San Francisco

Airbnb By The Numbers In San Francisco

Based on data scraped from Airbnb’s site rather than the service itself, the analysis isn’t perfect and the article doesn’t fully live up to its headline, but the Chronicle’s “Window into Airbnb’s hidden impact on S.F.” piece does provide some interesting nuggets and numbers with respect to Airbnb’s business and growth in San Francisco: Number Read More »

Lease Prohibits Adding Roommates? Perhaps Not For Long

A proposed change to San Francisco’s Administrative Code would allow tenants to pack in more people into an apartment without the risk of an eviction or having to pay more. As proposed by Supervisor Avalos, an amendment to San Francisco’s Administrative Code would prohibit rent increases based on the addition of occupants, even where a pre-existing rental agreement Read More »

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions Amended, Key Exception Added

As promised, the language of Senator Mark Leno’s bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco has been amended.  And while the amendment might not be enough to get the bill passed into law, it would create a key exception for individuals if it does. Drafted “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not Read More »

An Incentive To Build More Affordable Housing In S.F.

An Incentive To Build More Affordable Housing In S.F.

For many areas in San Francisco, the number of dwelling units allowed to be built upon a parcel is strictly limited by the size of the lot.  For example, within districts zoned RM-1, a common designation which allows for the development of apartments and condos, a developer is allowed to build no more than one Read More »

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco Revived

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco Revived

Falling three votes short on Wednesday with only two days left to pass the bill to the State Assembly, Senator Mark Leno bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco appeared DOA but was revived when the bill was reconsidered and passed by the Senate in a 21-13 vote last night. Drafted “to Read More »

Ballot Measure To Clampdown On Airbnb-ing Moves Ahead

The backers of the proposed ballot measure which would clampdown on illegal short-term rentals and Airbnb’s business in San Francisco by instituting the “Neighborhood Preservation and Public Revenue Recovery Ordinance” have amended the ordinance to eliminate the explicit threat of criminal prosecution and incarceration for scofflaws. The amendment, however, simply removes a bit of duplicative language from Read More »

Bill To Freeze Speculative Evictions In SF Fails On Senate Floor

Bill To Freeze Speculative Evictions In SF Fails On Senate Floor

Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 1439 which seeks “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not buy rent-controlled property and empty it of long-term tenants” failed to clear the Senate Floor yesterday in a 18-19 vote.  A motion to reconsider the Bill was approved, however, and Leno will have two days to “flip” Read More »

Polk Gulch Development Rendered, Ready For Environmental Review

Polk Gulch Development Rendered, Ready For Environmental Review

Across Van Ness Avenue from two 13-story towers slated to rise, Trumark Companies is planning to raze five little buildings between 1527 and 1545 Pine Street and construct a 12-story building designed by Arquitectonica in their place. The proposed Polk Gulch development would yield up to 107 residential units with 2,844 square feet of ground-floor retail and art Read More »