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San Francisco Rent Board Decisions and Advice

The San Francisco Rent Ordinance regulates rents and evictions for certain residential rental units in San Francisco. There is no commercial rent control in San Francisco. The Rent Board’s primary function is to conduct hearings and mediations of tenant and landlord petitions regarding the adjustment of rents under the City’s rent control laws. The Rent Board also investigates Reports of Alleged Wrongful Eviction, although the Rent Board’s authority in such matters is limited since only the Court can decide whether an eviction is legal. The Rent Board cannot arbitrate matters that are not part of the Rent Ordinance. For example, the Rent Board does not have jurisdiction to adjudicate alleged breaches of a rental agreement, which must be decided in court. The Rent Board also cannot hear cases concerning issues of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, as such matters are outside of its jurisdiction. The Rent Board’s website is an invaluable resources with a tremendous wealth of information regarding tenant’s...

Before you file that Rent Board Complaint – Think Again!

The Rent Board is a great resource for answering questions related to your tenancy.  The purview of the Rent Board is to provide information regarding your tenancy and to also adjudicate some landlord tenant disputes.  The problem is that if you later file a lawsuit, what was said or done at the Rent Board could damage your case for damages.  We have been through many lawsuits where the landlord argues that the tenants have already been compensated for their damages as a result of a rent reduction and then successfully moves to exclude a lot of key evidence.  The difficulty is that the Rent Board does not address emotional distress damages and the typical rent reduction is minimal with respect to the amount of damages one can recover in a lawsuit.  At a minimum before filing a Rent Board complaint you should talk with the Hooshmand Law Group concerning whether a complaint should be filed and what it should...
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