Posts Tagged ‘sfaa’

Uh Oh, Now There’s a Lawsuit Against the City for Recent Ellis Act Legislation – SFAA & realtors Fighting Us

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Read it and weep, San Francisco. We’re getting sued:

“For Immediate Release, January 29, 2014:

San Francisco Housing Associations File Lawsuit to Block Anti-Family Legislation

San Francisco – On Tuesday January 28, 2014, the San Francisco Apartment Association, Coalition for Better Housing and the San Francisco Association of REALTORS® filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of legislation known as the Avalos Ellis Act and Merger Prohibition Legislation.

 The legislation was passed by the Board of Supervisors and signed into law by Mayor Ed Lee in violation of building owners’ rights under the state law known as the Ellis Act.

 The legislation prohibits owners of multi-unit buildings from combining units in a building for ten years following an Ellis Act eviction or for five years following an owner-move in eviction.

 On a practical level, the legislation prevents families who own a building from creating a home that meets their needs. For example, the legislation prevents a family from combining two small units into a larger one to provide a home for a growing family. Couples with young children often find themselves in need of additional space they did not anticipate when they purchased a rental building, yet the legislation punishes them.

 Only 2 percent of new housing built in San Francisco since 2001 are single-family homes that provide adequate space for families, often with multiple generations living together. Lack of adequate housing to meet the needs of families has contributed San Francisco losing 5,278 people younger than 18 between 2000 and 2010, according to the census.

 “The San Francisco Association of REALTORS® supports the rights of private property owners for the free use of their property as their needs suit them.  This legislation only exacerbates the problems families face in finding adequate housing and drives out the families that have created the diversity we want and celebrate in our city,” said Walt Baczkowski, CEO of the San Francisco Association of Realtors.

 Because so few single family homes are being constructed, families rely on improving buildings they own, including tenancies in common to add living space. This legislation prohibits them from creating the home they need in a building they own.

 “Families are fleeing San Francisco due to a multitude of reasons that include a lack of adequate space for growing families that often include multiple generations. This legislation exacerbates that problem by punishing and limiting options for families who simply seek to create a home that meets the needs of their family,” stated Janan New, Executive Director of the San Francisco Apartment Association. “This legislation punishes hard working families, while doing little to protect renters.”

 The lawsuit states that the legislation is pre-empted by state law known as the Ellis Act, which allows building owners to take a building off the rental market and convert those units to condominiums or single -family homes. Under the law, building owners are already required to give occupants up to one year advance notice and provide relocation fees of $5,210 per tenant, up to a maximum of $15,632, plus $3,473 additional for tenants who are senior or disabled.

 “My clients are seeking relief from this just-passed legislation which unfairly takes away the right of individuals and families who simply want to create a home for themselves and their family in a building they own,” stated Jim Parrinello, attorney for the plaintiffs.

Here’s What You Should Do When Your Landlord Sends You This Mandatory Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Letter This Month

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Absolutely nothing.

Say it again, y’all: Absolutely nothing.

Background: District One (aka The Richmond, more or less) Supervisor Eric Mar is a bird of another feather – he wasn’t satisfied with issuing edicts from Academia oh no. He descended from the ivory tower to put dreams into action. And his father passed away from lung cancer (AFAIK, pretty sure), so it would make sense that he wanted to do something for San Francisco renters who have to deal with secondhand smoke coming in from other units.

Get all the deets on San Francisco’s 2013 Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Policy as of last year via this excellent article from Christian Watjen right here.

So that’s the background. What’s going on now is that tenants all over the City are getting alarming/confusing letters from landlords. To wit:

Nervous Gay Couple Living With AIDS Get Letter from the Landlord

Now here’s what you’ll get* if your landlord toes the party line of the San Francisco Apartment Association – an excerpt of the pledge they want you to make:

“For purposes of the Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Policy and SF Health Code 19M, I would like to designate my apartment as non-smoking. I verify that neither I nor my guests will ever smoke tobacco within the rental apartment listed below.”

Uh, so why should tenants make this pledge? It’s not explained in this official SFAA letter now is it? And what if Barack Obama or Bill Clinton drops by your pad a few years from now? They puff puff every now and then, right? So what about your signed pledge, what about that?

And here’s what the lawyer(s) of  the SFAA have for you at the bottom of the letter:

“If you do voluntarily decide to designate your apartment as non-smoking, which you are not required to do, the designation is permanent and becomes a consensual change in the terms of your tenancy.”

Oh.

If you’re living in rent-controlled San Francisco, I think you should get some kind of benefit when you change the terms of your tenancy, you know, as a general rule .

And later on, is your landlord going to complain about how you’re violating the terms of your tenancy when you allowed your future bud / date / friend smoke one cigarette to help her get through one of her stressed out moments?

Or your Euro fiance can’t move in with you in 2015 because your “designation is permanent?”

And should we assume second-hand smoke from clove cigarettes and/or the Mary Jane is good for you, since it’s not covered?

Now, IRL, is this issue going to affect you? Prolly not. But I’m just saying.

So, sign your pledge or just ignore it – choose or lose, maybe.

*Assuming that you’re living in a building with fewer than 50 units and you aren’t restricted from smoking now. This is the notification you’ll get otherwise, possibly, and it’s fair enough. And here’s the full rundown from the SFAA. Again, no objections.

All the deets, after the jump

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Terminex Wants to Scare You About Bedbugs, So It Put Us #10 on the 2011 “Most Bedbug Infested Cities” List

Friday, May 27th, 2011

I don’t know, does it mean anything to put a bunch of big cities on a most bedbug infested cities list and then talk about how it’s not just big cities what get bedbugs?

I don’t think so.

Anyway, enjoy this recent list from the people who fight bedbugs, and then check out a retread post from last year:

“Annual List Identifies Where Bedbugs Bite Most Across U.S. New Terminix Top 15 Ranking Shines Light on Critters That Hide in the Dark

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 25, 2011 – New York maintained its spot atop the Terminix Most Bedbug Infested Cities ranking, released by the company today. The rest of the list saw both the reshuffling of some cities that appeared on the company’s initial 2010 list as well as a couple of locations making an appearance for the first time. Terminix, the country’s largest provider of pest control services, has seen an increase in the prevalence of bedbugs in most states during the past year. The company expects bedbugs to continue to plague the nation this summer as travelers and homeowners encounter the tiny pests.

The 2011 most bedbug-infested cities include:

1. New York
2. Cincinnati
3. Detroit
4. Chicago
5. Philadelphia
6. Denver
7. Washington, D.C.
8. Los Angeles
9. Boston
10. San Francisco
11. Columbus, Ohio
12. Dayton, Ohio
13. Baltimore
14. Louisville, Ky.
15. Dallas”

And here’s the post from last year and the rest of what Terminex has to say after the jump.

Sleep tight.

 

I don’t know, seems this map from BedBugRegistry.com might not be the most reliable, ’cause some of the cases I’ve heard about over the years were from the Richmond District yet there are no recent reports for the entire west si-iiide of The City. I’m a little puzzled.

Anyway, it’s amazing how concentrated these red map welts are – you can see a bunch in the Tenderloin, but also the TenderNob and Nob Hill proper.

(Feel free to not watch this short, graphic video from National Geographic.)

Can The City help you if your landlord won’t? Maybe. Assuming your building is “infested,” you’ll get an inspection within four days via 311.

But you victims out there could have it worse. One woman who stayed at San Francisco’s Ramada Plaza Hotel (currently known as Hotel Whitcomb)  at 1231 Market Street not too long ago got a $71k settlement after suffering numerous bites that led to skin conditions.

Is your future address on this list of Latest Reports?

Hope not. Sleep tight.

Latest Reports:

850 Geary St, San Francisco
Apr 04: 343 Walnut St, San Francisco
Mar 31: Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 30: 334 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 640 Clay St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 655 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 14: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 13: 1105 Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 530 Stockton St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 11: 701 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 08: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 45 Mcallister St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 05: 1544 California St, San Francisco
Mar 04: 430 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 840 Geary St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 3398 California St, San Francisco
Feb 23: 761 Minna St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 5 Isadora Duncan Ln, San Francisco
Feb 18: 160 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 645 Stockton St, San Francisco
Feb 17: 1029 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 2550 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Feb 16: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 775 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 14: 922 Post St, San Francisco
Feb 13: 1890 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco
Feb 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 06: 85 5th St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 381 Turk St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 507 Missouri St, San Francisco
Jan 30: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 29: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 18 Latona St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 665 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 27: 925 Geary St, San Francisco

 

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San Francisco Bed Bug Google Map – Did YOUR Neighborhood Make This Registry?

Friday, April 9th, 2010

I don’t know, seems this map from BedBugRegistry.com might not be the most reliable, ’cause some of the cases I’ve heard about over the years were from the Richmond District yet there are no recent reports for the entire west si-iiide of The City. I’m a little puzzled. 

Anyway, it’s amazing how concentrated these red map welts are – you can see a bunch in the Tenderloin, but also the TenderNob and Nob Hill proper.

(Feel free to not watch this short, graphic video from National Geographic.) 

Can The City help you if your landlord won’t? Maybe. Assuming your building is “infested,” you’ll get an inspection within four days via 311.

But you victims out there could have it worse. One woman who stayed at San Francisco’s Ramada Plaza Hotel (currently known as Hotel Whitcomb)  at 1231 Market Street not too long ago got a $71k settlement after suffering numerous bites that led to skin conditions.

Is your future address on this list of Latest Reports?

Hope not. Sleep tight.

Latest Reports:

850 Geary St, San Francisco
Apr 04: 343 Walnut St, San Francisco
Mar 31: Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 30: 334 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 640 Clay St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 655 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 14: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 13: 1105 Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 530 Stockton St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 11: 701 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 08: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 45 Mcallister St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 05: 1544 California St, San Francisco
Mar 04: 430 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 840 Geary St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 3398 California St, San Francisco
Feb 23: 761 Minna St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 5 Isadora Duncan Ln, San Francisco
Feb 18: 160 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 645 Stockton St, San Francisco
Feb 17: 1029 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 2550 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Feb 16: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 775 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 14: 922 Post St, San Francisco
Feb 13: 1890 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco
Feb 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 06: 85 5th St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 381 Turk St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 507 Missouri St, San Francisco
Jan 30: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 29: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 18 Latona St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 665 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 27: 925 Geary St, San Francisco