Rent Control

Statewide Rent Control & Eviction Protections Signed into Law

For over 20 years, Costa Hawkins has set the parameters for rent control in California by limiting a city’s ability to enact rent control regulations that apply to units built after 1995. Many local rent control ordinances provide a much earlier cutoff than what is permitted under State law. For example, San Francisco’s rent control […]


COPA

COPA is Here – Now What?

The Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA) was approved unanimously earlier this year.  COPA legislation became effective on June 3, 2019, however, the COPA program rules were not published until September 3, 2019 by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD).  The COPA program applies to the sale of all San Francisco multi-family […]


Jobs Housing

ALERT: Jobs Housing Linkage Fee on Offices Could Increase

This Thursday, the Planning Commission will consider legislation to more than double the Jobs Housing Linkage Fee (“JHLF”) on both office and laboratory uses. The  Jobs Housing legislation is authored by Supervisor Matt Haney and co-sponsored by five other supervisors (Fewer, Ronen, Mar, Peskin, and Walton) who, together, comprise a majority of the Board of […]


San Francisco

San Francisco Tax Battles Continue

Much has been written about the social ills facing the greater San Francisco Bay Area, what solutions have potential to make an impact, and to what extent the business community should be required to fund them.  Debate raged in advance of the November 2018 election, when approximately 61% of San Francisco voters passed a gross […]


Ellis Act Eviction

Confirming A Defense To An Ellis Act Eviction

The Ellis Act allows owners of residential real estate to take their properties off the rental market if they fulfill certain conditions, including the removal of all units at the property from the rental market.  A recent case entitled Hilaly v. Allen clarified one of the specific conditions precedent to an Ellis Act “eviction” and […]


Hotel conversion

Hotel Conversion Ordinance and Google’s $1 Billion Housing Pledge

In 2008, the Board of Supervisors passed a law restricting conversions of large hotels (100+ keys) into condominiums.  Conversions were allowed with a Conditional Use approval if a corresponding number of new hotel rooms came online in the past year. If more units were proposed for conversion than had been constructed, a lottery would take […]


Sold out Junior Loans

Borrower’s Deficiency Protection Limited – Lenders May Pursue Claims for Sold Out Junior Loans

This month, the California Supreme Court affirmed the Fourth District’s decision in Black Sky Capital, LLC v. Cobb (2017) 12 Cal.App.5th 887 (“Black Sky”), ruling that a creditor who holds two deed of trust on the same property may recover a deficiency judgment on a junior lien extinguished by a nonjudicial foreclosure sale on the […]


Geotech review

Geotech Peer Review: Start Early or Face Delays

At the outset of any new construction, addition, alteration or retrofit of an existing structure, the design team should identify whether the project is in soft soil and/or liquefaction zones, as defined by the California Seismic Hazard Zone Map; or in another zone requiring additional review such as the Slope Protection Zone or Maher Zone. […]


Draft Downtown Oakland Specific Plan to be Released This Summer

Later this summer, Oakland will be releasing its draft Downtown Oakland Specific Plan (the “Plan”).  A preliminary draft plan was released earlier this year (which can be accessed here).  The preliminary draft is the initial version of the draft Plan.  The Plan presents Oakland’s transformative ideas and recommendations for the future development of the downtown […]


The Land Use Week in Review: Starts and Stops and Starts

SB 50 Advances Out of Committee Two weeks ago, we wrote about State Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB 50, a new version of last year’s SB 827 that aims to boost housing density near public transit.  It’s one of the more ambitious initiatives to address California’s housing crisis – and one of the most controversial.  This […]