rent control

5:24pm

Tue April 29, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

What's it like to lead the San Francisco Rent Board?

With rental housing being such a contentious topic in San Francisco, we thought it could be helpful to talk with the person who might know more about rent laws than anybody else in the city, the Executive Director of the San Francisco Rent Board.

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5:33pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Growing number of San Francisco landlords not renting

vacant apartment
Adelie Freyja Annabel Under CC License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/legalcode

We often hear how the rent in San Francisco is some of the priciest in the country, but there are also just not enough places for people to live.

The mayor’s office has asked city officials to speed up the lengthy permitting process in efforts to increase the housing supply. But some say that the supply already exists -- that thousands of units are simply being kept off the market. Some estimate up to 10,000 of these units exist. Many sit unrented because tenants are proving too risky an investment for some property owners.

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4:06pm

Fri April 4, 2014

5:45pm

Mon March 24, 2014
Airbnb

The New Gold Rush: How tourist rentals are affecting San Francisco’s housing market

Can this property be legally rented to tourists?
Ben Trefny

The sharing economy in San Francisco is humming. Companies like Airbnb have figured out how to make a lot of money by using existing housing stock to meet consumer demand, which in Airbnb’s case is coming from tourists. Fast Company magazine declared AirBnB will soon become “the world’s largest hotel chain – without owning a single hotel.”

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11:29am

Thu March 13, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

In San Francisco, rent control gets personal

Apartments in San Francisco (wallyg/flickr)

 

Rent control has been a way for cities to regulate their housing prices and evictions since World War One, in the wake of a big housing shortage in New York. But that doesn’t mean it’s common. In fact, only a handful of cities in the United States have rent control, like New York City, Los Angeles, a few cities in the Bay Area and San Francisco.

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