There are two types of rent control in San Francisco. One limits the amount of rent you can charge, and the other concerns eviction controls and dictates how you can terminate a tenancy. Today, we’re giving you just the basics of San Francisco’s rent control ordinance.

What is Rent Control in San Francisco?

Rent control depends on what type of property you have, and when it was built. For the rent control ordinance, the magic date is June 14 1979. Properties that were built and received their original certificate of occupancy after that date are exempt from rent control in all forms. It doesn’t matter if you have a single family home, a condo, or an apartment building.

If you have a property built before that date, your rent control laws will depend on the type of property you have. Single family homes and condos are exempt from the rent control mandate, but are still subject to the eviction controls. Multi-residential apartment buildings built before that date are subject to both rent control and eviction control.  

Property Management San Francisco: Rent and Eviction Control

The San Francisco Rent Board sets the amount you can raise rent each year. You can only raise rent once every 12 months, and by the allowable increase. In 2017, that allowable increase was 2.2 percent. In 2018, it’s 1.6 percent.

For properties subject to eviction control, you cannot just terminate a tenancy. You must have just cause. There are 16 different just causes, but the most common one is nonpayment of rent.

We know this is confusing. If you have a single family home or condo, check out the blog we did about this, which further explains the details. Visit our website and find more information specific to San Francisco single family homes and condos.

Or, you can contact us at Gordon Property Management, and we’d be happy to talk with you about any of your San Francisco property management questions.