SF Superior Court strikes down a regulation that would have allowed landlords to pass off costs of city bonds onto tenants.
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Court Says Landlords Can’t Pass On Costs
SAN FRANCISCO A Superior Court judge has struck down a rent board regulation that would have permitted landlords to pass on the cost of city bonds to tenants.
Judge William Cahill last Wednesday voided a regulation enacted June 6 by the Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board that granted landlords special rent increases for bond costs, regardless of whether their overall operating expenses had increased.
Stephen Collier of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic along with John Hislop had sued the rent board to block the regulation.
Under current city rules, landlords may petition to raise rents if their overall expenditures increase, but they cannot raise rents to compensate for tax increases brought on by the passage of city bond measures.