High Tenant Standards Requires Careful Tenant Screening

The right resident will ensure a positive and profitable investment experience for you. At Gordon Property Management, we only work with highly qualified tenants, and we screen thoroughly to find them.  

Our tenants pass a strict screening process that includes checking credit and eviction histories. We look at criminal backgrounds and rental histories. We also verify employment and income. This attention to detail and consistency in process sets us apart from other San Francisco property management companies.

Fair Housing and Established Rental Criteria

Fair housing laws in California and throughout San Francisco are often difficult to navigate. It’s easy to make a mistake, and if you do make a mistake, the penalties will be extensive and expensive. Our team helps you avoid any of those costly errors. We take care of the entire process, protecting you from fair housing claims and unintentional discrimination.

It starts with a consistent process and standard qualifying criteria.

Every single applicant 18 years of age or older will be screened the same way as every other applicant. We have a documented list of rental criteria which we share before anyone applies for a home. Prospective tenants know exactly what we’re looking for and what kinds of qualifications will be required before we approve an application.

With this type of protection in place, there can be no surprises when an applicant who falls short of our income standards gets denied. No one can accuse us of discrimination when we have specific criteria that is shared with everyone. 

At Gordon Property Management, we’ve been screening San Francisco tenants for decades. None of this is new to us, even when laws and requirements change. Our processes and procedures are transparent, consistent, and legally compliant. You can count on us to deliver a tenant that has been well-screened and equitably evaluated. 

Screening San Francisco tenants and surrounding areas.

Extensive Tenant Screening Protects Your Investment

We screen tenants carefully and thoroughly because your success as an investor depends on it. 

As your San Francisco property managers, we don’t enjoy chasing down tenants for late rental payments. We don’t like dealing with the eviction process. We hate to clean up property damage left behind. So, we have a vested interest in placing highly qualified, reliable tenants. They help you have a better rental experience, and they help us have a better management experience. 

Our leasing and management staff carefully processes every application that comes into our office. We ask for documentation and verification, and we only consider applications that are complete and compliant. 

Our San Francisco tenant screening process is rigorous, consistent, and legally compliant. It includes:

  • Nationwide criminal background and eviction checks.

  • Credit check and review.

  • Employment and income verification.

  • Rental history references.

We won’t make exceptions and we won’t hear excuses. Every applicant must meet our standards, or we cannot rent to them. 

Finding the right resident is one of the most important functions of a San Francisco property management company. Make sure you’re working with experienced professionals who know what to look for when they’re making sense of the screening data they gather.

On-Time Rent and Lease Enforcement: Placing Quality Tenants

Our ideal San Francisco tenant will pay rent on time, take good care of the property, and follow the terms of the lease agreement. They’ll stay in place for the long term; and they’ll be open and communicative. They’ll let us know when a rental property repair is needed so we can maintain the home and protect the condition of your investment. 

San Francisco has a strong and well-qualified tenant pool. We are careful to avoid long vacancy times because we know an unoccupied property is a property that’s costing you money. But, we won’t just place any warm body with a security deposit. We’re looking for high-quality tenants, and we won’t settle for anything less. 

Working with the right residents allows us to pay you your rent on time. It allows us to keep a close eye on your investment and maintain an open line of communication. We want to provide a great rental experience to you as well as your tenants. To do that, we need to rent to the most responsible people we can find.

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What People Are Saying About Us

4.8 /5
313 Reviews

Oct 20, 2020
Gordon Property Management
Nanette was fantastic! There was a hiccup with our new keys but she was super quick to respsond and very helpful throughout the whole application/move in process!!
Oct 7, 2020
Google Gordon Property Management
We lived in a building managed by Gordon for two years and had a great experience. Nanette was always very helpful and responsive whenever we had any questions. We only had a few minor maintenance issues during our time and they were always addressed quickly. We left the apartment in good shape and received our full deposit back shortly after moving out. Highly recommend!
Sep 18, 2020
Gordon Property Management
Just excellent service, quick, efficient and a good repair person!!!!
Sep 18, 2020
Google Gordon Property Management
We love Gordon Property Management. We have been gone from our home for a few years now and GPM has taken care of everything. They are responsible and attentive. GPM has exceeded our expectations. We have never worried about our house.
Sep 14, 2020
Gordon Property Management
Super easy to work with

Want to Learn More?

If you’d like to learn more about our properties and what it’s like to work with Gordon Property Management, get in touch. We’d be happy to talk more about our rental properties, our application requirements, and our leasing process.

Gordon Property Management

1596 Church Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
P: (415) 554-8812 | F: (415) 554-0488
Email: Meghan@gpmsf.com
CA DRE #01944146


John AguilaJohn recently joined Gordon Property Management’s maintenance team. He works with Alen in repairing and maintaining residential real estate for GPM’s clients.

Messages for John can be left with Nanette at (415) 554-8812 x 202 or by Email: maintenance@gpmsf.com


Nicole Russo Assistant Property ManagerNicole is our Receptionist & Assistant Property Manager who joined the team in January 2017. She communicates often with our tenants and provides support and assistance to them as well as to the other members of our office. Nicole is also in charge of the annual property surveys for our company making her very familiar with most GPM properties as well. This familiarity proves very useful when assisting Jasmine as part of the maintenance team.
Main Line: 415 554-8812 x210
Email: nicole@gpmsf.com


Jasmine Lenoir Miller Maintenance CoordinatorJasmine Miller is the Maintenance Coordinator at Gordon Property Management. Jasmine has been with the company since 2015. She oversees all maintenance request for the properties we manage. Jasmine has completed the San Francisco Apartment Associations CCRM series.

Main line: 415 554-8812 x205
Direct Line: 415 625-0993
Email: jasmine@gpmsf.com


Alen Aguila - Maintenance TechnicianAlen is a talented Maintenance Technician with years of knowledge and experience repairing and maintaining residential real estate. Alen has been with Gordon Property Management since 2004.

Messages for Alen can be left with Nanette at (415) 554-8812 x 202 or by Email: maintenance@gpmsf.com


Ryan Meek - BookkeeperRyan is our Bookkeeper. He handles all of the billing and rents received from tenants and assists with maintenance. Ryan has been with Gordon Property Management since 2012. Ryan has completed the San Francisco Apartment Association CCRM series.
Main Line: (415) 554-8812
Direct Line: (415) 728-0141
Email: ryan@gpmsf.com


Nanette Barr - Property Manager & Leasing AgentNanette is our Property Manager & Leasing Agent at Gordon Property Management. Nanette is a licensed California Real Estate Salesperson and has completed the San Francisco Apartment Associations CCRM series. Nanette has been with Gordon Property Management since 2005.
Main Line: (415) 554-8812 x 202
Direct Line: (415) 625-0992
Email: nanette@gpmsf.com
CA DRE License #01929355


Meghan Guerin - PresidentMeghan joined Gordon Property Management in 2004 after working in the insurance industry for many years. Meghan is a licensed California Real Estate Broker and has completed the San Francisco Apartment Associations CCRM series. Call Meghan to discuss having your property professionally managed by Gordon Property Management.
Main Line: (415) 554-8812 x 204
Direct Line: (415) 625-0990
Email: meghan@gpmsf.com
CA DRE License #01780930

Stephanie Gordon - Founder and CEO
Stephanie Gordon is an active member of the Professional Property Management Association of San Francisco (PPMA), the San Francisco Apartment Association (SFAA), the California Apartment Association (CAA) and the National Association of Real Property Managers (NARPM). Stephanie was named the 2010 Property Manager of the Year by the San Francisco Apartment Association. This award was quite an honor and a fitting testimonial to her dedication and professionalism as a property manager. Stephanie received her Master’s Degree in Real Estate from Golden Gate University in 1986. Stephanie is a native San Franciscan and loves all things real estate related.

Main Line: (415) 554-8812 x 201
Direct Line: (415) 625-0989
Email: stephanie@gpmsf.com
CA DRE License #00874781

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RENT DUE: All rents are due on the first day of the month. Some of our leases have a grace period. Any rent not received by 5:00 PM on the last day of the grace period is considered late and will incur a late fee. Rents can be paid online, mailed to us, or dropped off at our office. There is a secure mail slot to the far right of our front door where rents can be dropped off 24/7.

LATE RENT: Any rent not received by 5:00 PM on the last day of the grace period (if any) is late and a late fee of 5% will be charged. Personal checks are not accepted after the 5th of the month. If your rent is late it must be paid with a cashier’s check or money order (payable to Gordon Property Management) and must include the late fee.

BOUNCED CHECKS: If your check is returned by the bank for non-sufficient funds, or for any reason, you will be charged a returned check fee of $40.00 PLUS the late fee of 5%. Replacement checks must be paid with a cashier’s check or money order and must include the NSF fee and the late fee. Personal checks will not be accepted by any tenant who has had two checks returned by the bank.

AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS: If you choose, you can arrange for an automatic payment with your bank. You can also make online rent payments via our Online Tenant Portal. Click here to PAY RENT ONLINE NOW.

MOVING OUT: You must give 30 days written notice of your intent to move out. Once we receive your notice we will send you a move out packet with information regarding the pre-move out inspection and cleaning instructions.

MAINTENANCE REQUESTS: All requests for maintenance and repairs must be made through the TENANT PORTAL. You must give us permission to use our keys for entry or you must be home to let the repair person in.

After business hours (evenings and weekends), we can only accommodate emergency repairs. These are generally limited to plumbing emergencies, and you will have to be home to meet the repair person. For after-hour emergencies please call the office (415 554-8812) and our answering service will be able to assist you.

PLUMBING: Gordon Property Management will cover the cost of most plumbing repairs. However, you should be aware that we do not cover the costs of repairs that are due to a tenants’ negligence or lack of care.

GARBAGE DISPOSALS: Gordon Property Management will not pay to clear jammed or frozen garbage disposals. This is the most common type of maintenance request and is almost always caused by misuse or overuse of the garbage disposal. They are delicate machines and are not intended to grind up many kinds of foods or a large volume of food. Use the garbage disposal at your own risk!

LOCKOUTS: If you lock yourself out of your apartment you will have to call a locksmith at your own expense.

EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE REQUESTS: For emergency repairs you may call the office at (415) 554-8812 and then follow up by completing the form or logging into the portal.

After hour emergencies please call our answering service at (415) 554-8812.


Completed Rental Application – EACH applicant over 18 years of age who will be residing in the unit must complete in its entirety and sign Gordon Property Management’s Application. You can complete an application online through our listings.

Provide Credit Check and Processing Fee – EACH applicant over 18 years of age who will be residing in the unit must provide a $35.00 non-refundable credit check and processing fee. Payment methods for this fee may be online, cash, check or money order made payable to Gordon Property Management. Credit check and processing fees are non-refundable. The amount charged covers the actual cost of the credit report, unlawful detainer (eviction) search, and/or other screening reports and the administrative costs to obtain, process and verify screening information.

Provide Income Documentation – Applicants can upload income verification or provide them to Gordon Property Management via fax, email or in person.

Income documentation includes copies of your most recent paystubs, offer letters or tax returns. We will not begin working on your application until we receive all of these items.

Qualifying For An Apartment

In order to rent an apartment or home from Gordon Property Management, applicants must be able to show that their monthly income is equal to or greater than 3 1/2 times the monthly rent. We consider all verifiable income of all applicants in the household. Self-employed persons may need to submit tax returns and/or bank statements. Students who are receiving parental support will need to have their parents qualify and sign a rent guarantee.

The credit report is one of several factors we use in evaluating a tenant. Although a high credit rating is preferable, we recognize that many potentially great tenants have had credit problems in the past. If your credit history is less than ideal, please tell us why.

We will contact your current and your former landlords for references. The rental reference is an extremely important factor in evaluating prospective tenants, so make sure your application includes accurate phone numbers for your current and former landlords.

Some of our properties are willing to consider pets and some will not. If we are able to consider pets our ads will clearly state that pets are negotiable. Cats must be spayed or neutered, and in some cases, they must be indoor cats. Dogs must be at least two years old and we must be able to either meet the dog or get references for the dog. Read our pet agreement carefully and make sure you are willing to comply with the terms of the pet agreement.

Selecting a tenant from several qualified applicants is not easy. We use all of the above factors in combination to choose a tenant. We will offer the unit to the first qualified applicant to submit a complete application, with the following exceptions:

1) Applicants who offer over the asking price will be given priority consideration and applicants who offer less than the asking price will be considered after those offering full price or more.
2)An applicant without a pet may, in some cases, be offered a unit before an applicant with one.

Applications shall not be considered received until they are complete.

If you are selected for an apartment, you will have 48 hours from the time we offer you the apartment to sign the lease and pay the full security deposit. All leases are 12-month leases. The first month’s rent will be due at the start of the lease and before you are given keys to the apartment. Both the security deposit and the first months’ rent must be paid through our online application or paid with a cashier’s check or money order (payable to Gordon Property Management). All applicants will be required to obtain a renter’s insurance policy prior to occupancy. Smoking of tobacco products is prohibited on the entire property pursuant to Article 19F of the SF Health code. However, some prior rental agreements in building are not subject to this regulation.

We do Business in Accordance with the Fair Housing Act. (The Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988).


In the sale or rental of housing or residential lots
In advertising the sale or rental of housing
In the financing of housing
In the appraisal of housing
In the provision of real estate brokerage services
Blockbusting is illegal
Anyone who feels he or she has been discriminated against should send a complaint to:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Washington, D.C. 20410


Jordan Rugg joined the GPM team in 2018 as Leasing Agent and all-around assistant.  After 5 years as a school teacher, Jordan decided it was time to join the family business (Jordan is the son of Founder Stephanie Gordon).

Direct Line: (415) 742-8027
Email: jordan@gpmsf.com


Tierney SolorioTierney enjoys working part time for GPM.  She works remotely helping us with administrative tasks and showing our rental listings on the weekends.

Email: tierney@gpmsf.com