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.

What to do

Dwelling units that are owner-occupied, subject to government regulation, or under the Section 8 program are exempt from payment of the Rent Board fee. If you believe 1 or more units you own are not subject to the Rent Board Fee, you may request an exemption. However, the period to request an exemption from payment of the 2022 Rent Board fee has passed. If you want to claim an exemption for the 2023 Rent Board fee cycle, look out for mail in early November 2022 that explains how to request an exemption via the Rent Board’s online Portal.

1. Pay your fee

You must pay your fee to the Rent Board by March 1 each year. An extra fee will apply for late payments.

The regular 2022 Rent Board Fee cycle has closed for the year. If you still owe the 2022 Fee, you should have received a Notice of Delinquent 2022 Rent Board Fee. You will have 30 days from the date of the notice to pay your delinquent Fee obligation, which includes late penalties. You can pay in person by check or cash at the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector in City Hall, Room 140, during business hours, or by mailing a check to:

San Francisco Rent Board

PO Box 7429

San Francisco, CA 94120-7429

2. Recover part of the fee from your tenants

Once you have paid the Rent Board fee in full, you may be able to recover 50 percent of the fee from the tenants in occupancy of each residential unit. You may not recover any penalty fees you owed.

In order to collect 50% of the fee from the tenant, the tenant must have been living in the unit as of November 1 of the applicable tax year. For example, for the 2022 Rent Board Fee, you may only collect 50% of the fee from the tenant if they moved in before November 2, 2021.  

Learn how to recover part of the fee from your tenants.

Special cases

Change of ownership

Change of ownership

If you owned the property on the March 1, 2022 Rent Board fee payment due date, you still owe the 21-22 Rent Board Fee. In addition to making payment, please also email rentboard.inventory@sfgov.org with the subject heading: "Rent Board Fee: Change of Ownership," and include the property address and the APN (Assessor's Parcel Number) with all information you have that documents the change of ownership. Please include a copy of the Annual Notice (bill) in the email.

Get help

Rent Board

25 Van Ness Avenue
Suite #320
San Francisco, CA 94102
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The office is open for drop-in services Monday through Friday 10:00AM - 2:00PM. 

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Rent Board counselor

Last updated October 29, 2022

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