Rent Registry Legislation Approved Despite Hundreds in Opposition, and Here’s Why…

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Rent Registry Legislation Approved Despite Hundreds in Opposition, and Here’s Why…

Published 12/02/2020

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On November 18th, 2020, the Budget and Finance Committee recommended approval of the Housing Inventory, or Rent Registry legislation. Hundreds of San Franciscans called into the hearing, with a ratio of 8 out of 10 callers opposing the proposal. Nonetheless, the committee looked to bring the approved legislation to the full Board of Supervisors at their private meeting this past Monday, December 1st, 2020 — which was approved by the full Board of Supervisors.

According to track landlord-tenant relationships, inspect and investigate housing services and rents, and better administer the rent ordinance.”

Today, we await a procedural second vote of the ordinance set to take place on December 8th, 2020. While housing providers begin to plan how they’ll need to comply with the Rent Registry ordinance set to take effect in July of 2022. The Rent Registry ordinance would require housing providers to report the following information beginning in 2022:

  • The address of each apartment;
  • Contact information for building owner/manager;
  • Business Registration Number, if applicable;
  • Approximate Square Footage;
  • Numbers of Bedrooms and Bathrooms;
  • When the unit was last vacant;
  • For vacant units, the latest date of occupancy;
  • For occupied units, the day the tenancy began;
  • The base rent, in $250 increments;
  • Any dates over the last 12 months where an occupied-unit became vacant or a vacant unit became occupied;
  • Any other information the Rent Board deems appropriate.

The San Francisco Apartment Association was successful in securing amendments that will limit the scope of the registry from being updated to include “any other information that the Rent Board deems appropriate.” SFAA also helped secure a “tiered” system to allow for more time to implement the registry.

This story is still developing, and we will continue to keep you informed as updates are released, in addition to how our team at Advent Properties, Inc. will adapt to comply with the Rent Registry ordinance.

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