Laws and Regulations

Read the text of San Francisco's Rent Ordinance, Rules and Regulations, and other state and local laws affecting rental property.

The Rent Ordinance- SF Administrative Code, Chapter 37

The Rent Board's version of the Rent Ordinance is not the official record of the laws or regulations of the City and County of San Francisco. It is provided for administrative and public convenience only.  

(Note: American Legal is the official publisher of San Francisco's Administrative Codes). 

The Rent Board Rules & Regulations

The Rules and Regulations are adopted by the Rent Board's Commissioners, and govern how the Rent Ordinance is implemented.

Purchase paper copies of the Ordinance and Rules and Regulations

You can purchase a copy of the Rent Ordinance and/or the Rules and Regulations, which are the policies and procedures by which the department implements the Ordinance. We recommend that you obtain both, since the Rules explain how the Ordinance is applied. They are $4.00 each, or $8.00 for both. They are also available by mail for $11.00 for the package, which includes postage. You can send us a check, made payable to the "Rent Board" for $11.00 and we will mail copies to you.

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Chapter 37A of the San Francisco Administrative Code (the Rent Board fee)

Chapter 37B of the San Francisco Administrative Code (rent increase limitations for Midtown Park Apartments)

Uniform Hotel Visitor Policy

Chapter 49 of San Francisco Administrative Code - Security Deposit Interest on Residential Property

Chapter 49A of San Francisco Administrative Code - Residential Tenant Communications

Chapter 65A of the San Francisco Administrative Code - Compensation, Or Substitute Housing Service, For Tenants Affected By Temporary Severance Of Specified Housing Services During Mandatory Seismic Work Required By Building Code Chapter 34B

Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act

Security Deposits

Landlord Right to Entry

The California Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB 1482)

Last updated September 21, 2023