Protecting tenants from excessive rent increases and unjust evictions while assuring landlords fair and adequate rents.
View information about residential properties, comply with the City’s Housing Inventory requirements, and pay annual Rent Board fees.
San Francisco's rental law offers most tenants certain eviction and rent control protections. Learn about the law and what it means for you.
Pay your 2023 Rent Board Fee by March 1, 2023 to avoid penalties.
San Francisco law requires property owners to provide certain information to the Rent Board about their residential properties each year.
Learn about the different claims a tenant may file at the Rent Board.
Request a rent reduction for decreased housing services
A tenant may petition the Rent Board for a reduction in rent if the landlord has substantially decreased a housing service without reducing the tenant's rent.
Report an unlawful rent increase or request a review of your rent history
If you believe a rent increase is unlawful or want to know if your current rent is lawful, you may file a petition alleging an unlawful rent increase and/or requesting a determination of the lawful rent.
Landlord Petitions and Passthroughs
Learn about the different claims a landlord may file to increase a tenant's rent or passthrough costs.
Pay your Rent Board fee
If you own residential property in San Francisco, find out if you need to pay the Rent Board fee, how much, and how to pay.
Apply to raise rents for capital improvement costs
If you've made capital improvements to a property within the last five years, you can apply to pass through some of the cost to the tenants.
Get help over the phone or in person on Rent Ordinance topics.
A new law passed by the City and County of San Francisco requires all residential property owners to provide certain information to the Rent Board about their property each year. In addition, the law creates new licensing requirements for landlords. Read more in this FAQ.
The Rent Board cannot refer you to individual attorneys, but staff will be glad to direct you to appropriate resources for advice and assistance. A current referral list is available on our website. Please note that you do not need a lawyer to file a petition at the Rent Board.
We support tenants and landlords in San Francisco by providing information and resources on the Rent Ordinance. This law protects tenants from excessive rent increases and unjust evictions while assuring landlords fair and adequate rents. We also conduct rent arbitrations, mediations, and investigate wrongful evictions.
Rent Board25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94102
The Rent Board's office is open for drop-in services Monday through Friday, 10:00am - 2:00pm.
Monday to Friday
9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm
For information related to the RENT BOARD FEE or San Francisco's HOUSING INVENTORY reporting requirements, please dial 311 or 415-701-2311 from outside San Francisco