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Eviction Law Amendments Could Hold Landlords More Accountable

San Francisco’s Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance allows landlords of rent-controlled units to legally evict their tenants without cause, if said eviction is intended to allow the landlord or landlord’s family to occupy the apartment as their principal place of residence. Under the terms of an Owner Move-In (“OMI”)... Read More »

From Great Expectations to Listed at a Loss on Mint Plaza

From Great Expectations to Listed at a Loss on Mint Plaza

Purchased for $1.55 million in October 2014, the “Manhattan-like industrial condo” unit #1 at 10 Mint Plaza – which features high-gloss concrete floors, exposed beams and high ceilings, high-end finishes, and direct elevator access to the full-floor unit in the Silver Building – was then offered as a high-end,... Read More »

Predator Landlord Fined $2.4 Million, Evictions Voided

A Superior Court Judge has ruled against Anne Kihagi, the predator landlord who was sued by the City of San Francisco for waging an ongoing war of “harassment, intimidation, and retaliation” against dozens of rent-controlled tenants in an attempt to raise her rent-roll by illegally evicting tenants in the... Read More »

Airbnb Settles with San Francisco, Law Limiting Listings to Take Effect

Airbnb and HomeAway have agreed to dismiss their legal challenge of San Francisco’s new short-term rental law which restricts units that haven’t been registered with San Francisco’s Office of Short-Term Rentals from being listed on their sites and to provide a mechanism for easily verifying said registrations. The requirements... Read More »

Twenty Years of Eviction History in San Francisco

Twenty Years of Eviction History in San Francisco

An aggregation of the Rent Board’s last twenty years of annual reporting, from March of 1997 to February 2017, provides a broader perspective with respect to eviction notice trends in San Francisco. While notices specifically related to Owner Move-In and Ellis Act evictions had been trending up in the... Read More »

Complaints Related to Airbnb-ing in S.F. Have Doubled Again

Complaints Related to Airbnb-ing in S.F. Have Doubled Again

Having more than doubled from around 250 in 2015 to over 600 in 2016, the number of formal complaints related to illegal short-term rentals in San Francisco is on pace to double again in 2017, with roughly 200 complaints filed in the first quarter of the year, which is... Read More »

The Story behind This $350K Over Asking Sale in West Oakland

The Story behind This $350K Over Asking Sale in West Oakland

Built as a duplex in the early 1900s, the two-story West Oakland building at 960-962 16th Street was subsequently converted into the House of Prayer Church of God with a parsonage on the second floor. Purchased for $367,000 in April 2014, the then-church was re-converted into a two-unit residential... Read More »

Court of Appeal Rules That Children Aren’t Tenants

Court of Appeal Rules That Children Aren’t Tenants

Reversing a lower court decision, California’s First District Court of Appeal has ruled that minors living in a rental unit with a guardian are “occupants” but not “tenants,” an important distinction with respect to how San Francisco’s Rent Ordinance is written and the calculation of relocation payments due when... Read More »

Rents Tick Up in San Francisco, Drop in Oakland

Recent reports of a sharp drop in apartment rents in both San Francisco and Oakland shouldn’t catch any plugged-in readers by surprise, as it’s a trend we first noticed forming last year. And as we first reported a couple of months ago, asking rents in the two cities had... Read More »

Planning for Record-Setting Inner Sunset Project Moving Forward

Planning for Record-Setting Inner Sunset Project Moving Forward

Westlake Urban, which purchased the 86-unit Kirkham Heights apartment complex at 1530-1585 5th Avenue back in 1976, is pushing forward with plans to level the existing 11-building complex and build up to 445 units across the 6-acre site, with six new buildings rising up to 40 feet in slope-measured... Read More »