San Francisco Rent Control Requirements

In San Francisco, we’ve been dealing with rent control for decades – long before the statewide laws went into effect under The Tenant Protection Act. That doesn’t mean it’s easy.

When you’re navigating rent control, you need to have a clear understanding of what’s at stake.

At Gordon Property Management, we are always following the legal changes and regulatory updates as they apply to the way we lease, manage, and maintain your San Francisco investment property. We have a lot of experience when it comes to rent control, and we also deploy a lot of leadership.

Working with the San Francisco Rent Board Reduces Your Risk

Your property management team at Gordon Property Management works closely with the San Francisco Rent Board and we follow the local and state legislation carefully to ensure you’re both protected and profitable.

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The Rent Board takes a lot of the guesswork out of your rental increases by sharing exactly the amount you can raise your rent from year to year. They provide a lot of other valuable resources as well, helping us to help you maintain a compliant and comfortable home for your tenants. 

With help from the Rent Board, we’re able to reduce your liability and risk by understanding how much you can raise the rent, what the interest is on the security deposits we’ve collected for your property, and how additional requirements and referendums impact the management of your property. 

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Managing Your Rental Increases to Maximize Profitability

Rent control doesn’t mean you can’t increase your rent at all. 

The San Francisco Rent Board sets the amount that you can raise your rents every year, and it doesn’t go any higher than seven percent per year.

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 You can petition to raise it more if you can document that there are increased operating expenses which make the increase necessary. You might also own a property that’s exempt from this law – however it would also have to be exempt from the statewide rent control law as well. 

At Gordon Property Management, we will analyze the market, take a close look at your competitors, and make a recommendation for how much you should raise the rent at least renewal time. We typically negotiate successfully with your tenants, and our retention rates are high. 

We can help you when you’re not sure how to manage rent control with your own San Francisco investment. If you’re not already working with us, get in touch and we can tell you:

  • Whether your property is covered by local or state rent control
  • How to establish the fair rental value for your home
  • How much of a rental increase is permitted by the Rent Board
  • What you can do to increase the value of your property
  • How just cause evictions relate to San Francisco rent control

Gordon Property Management understands this sensitive topic better than anyone else in San Francisco. Let us know your questions.


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