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 Rent-controlled units are now more abundant in San Francisco than in New York City // SF Examiner

Daily News roundup for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jul 22, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Supes move forward with jail that we might not need // 48 Hills

"The San Francisco supervisors today moved forward a proposal for a new $240 million county jail – although it’s not clear yet what the project will actually look like or whether the city needs it.

Daily news roundup for Monday, April 13, 2015

Apr 13, 2015
Aric Crabb / Bay Area News Group

Drought encourages do-it-yourself water recycling // Mercury News

"PLEASANTON -- Leon Jung figured he had to do something out of the ordinary to save his brown front lawn in a second year of water rationing. So he turned to his local sewage plant. He started trucking in reclaimed water a month ago from the plant that is the first in California to dispense free recycled effluent, or treated sewage, to do-it-yourselfers.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

It's Time To Overturn the State Ban on Rent Control // East Bay Express

"...A twenty-year-old state law known as the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act blocks Oakland and other California cities from adopting sensible rent control rules that could help keep rent prices from getting even higher.

Landlord/Tenant Laws and Disputes
Guests: Landlord/tenant attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld.
Listeners with questions for James and Marc, please call 415-841-4134.
Also tonight, Your Legal Rights features our mini Call-A-Lawyer Night exclusively for listeners with landlord/tenant questions. While Your Legal Rights is broadcasting over 91.7 FM (online at, 7 to 8pm, off-air attorneys will be taking calls at  800-525-9917; for private/no-fee consultation on landlord/tenant questions, please call early.

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.

Adelie Freyja Annabel / Under CC License:

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.


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.”


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.

Oakland seeks to tighten rent control rules

Feb 19, 2014

From our partners at the East Bay Express.

Tenancies-in-common: Darren Bridgett

Dec 18, 2013
Melanie Young

  “My name is Darren Bridgett, and I live in a TIC with my wife and son in Cole Valley, and we’ve been here for I think five years now. Maybe close to six.


“I’m an actor and in the arts, and my wife is a psychotherapist. She’s co-director of Haight Ashbury Psychological Services. It provides psychological services for essentially like low-fee clients, kind of like the working poor.


Landlord/tenant laws and issues.

Guests:  Landlord/tenant attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld.

Listeners are invited to call-in with questions/comments for Chuck's guests: 415-841-4134.

Also, July 24 is KALW's monthly Call-A-Lawyer Night. From 7-8pm, while Your Legal Rights is on-the-air,  call off-air with questions on any law topic the attorneys are prepared to discuss: 800-525-9917 for private consultation.

May 15, 7 PM - Landlord/tenant laws and issues.
Guests:  Landlord/tenant attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld.

Also, May 15, from 7 - 8 PM, is our monthly Call A Lawyer Night.
To speak privately with an attorney off-the-air on any legal question the specialists
are qualified to discuss, please call 800-525-9917.