Rent Board Fee - List of Exemptions

If you believe that one or more of your units is exempt from payment of the 2023 Rent Board Fee, you must complete an exemption request online between November 1, 2022 and December 19, 2022 at:

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Your unit might be exempt if:

1.    Your single-family home, condominium, co-op, or apartment unit is occupied by an owner of record and not rented at any time. (no proof required)

  • Vacant units or units solely occupied by children or close relatives not on title as owner do NOT qualify for exemption.

2.    The rent for the unit is controlled or regulated by a government unit, agency, or authority (other than the San Francisco Rent Board), for example, Section 8. 

  • You must submit documentation from that governmental agency showing regulation of rents.

3.    The hotel guest room is not rented for residential use and is designed for tourist use under the Residential Hotel Ordinance.

  • You must submit the most current Certificate of Use for the Department of Building Inspection’s Housing Inspection Division.

4.    The unit is a housing accommodation in a hospital, monastery, extended care facility, state licensed home for the elderly, or a dormitory owned and operated by an institution of higher education, a high school or an elementary school.

  • You must submit a Department of Social Services Certificate.

5.    The unit is a non-profit cooperative owned, occupied, and controlled by a majority of the residents.

  • You must submit a copy of the non-profit document 501(c) on file with the Secretary of State.
Last updated October 18, 2022

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