Bay Area Home Sales Prices Near Historic Highs
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Bay Area Home Sales Prices Near Historic Highs

The prices of homes sold in the Bay Area over the last two months are nearing historic highs, while the number of sales are near…

City Attorney Investigates Alleged Violation of Rent Control Laws at Trinity Plaza
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City Attorney Investigates Alleged Violation of Rent Control Laws at Trinity Plaza

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that a newly-constructed residential development project in the city’s South of Market neighborhood appears to be unlawfully…

Supes Expect New In-Law Units to Bolster Rent-Controlled Housing Stock
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Supes Expect New In-Law Units to Bolster Rent-Controlled Housing Stock

Garages, storage areas, basements and other underutilized spaces in District 3 and District 8 of San Francisco just got the green light from the San…

SF Real Estate Property Value Increases $11.7B
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SF Real Estate Property Value Increases $11.7B

San Francisco’s already pricey real estate got even more expensive in the past year, with property values increasing by $11.7 billion compared to the previous…

Campos Proposed Ballot Measure to Protect Historic Businesses, Nonprofits Facing Displacement
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Campos Proposed Ballot Measure to Protect Historic Businesses, Nonprofits Facing Displacement

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos this week announced a ballot initiative intended to protect historic small businesses and nonprofits from displacement by offering financial incentives…

Notorious Landlord Sued by City for Allegedly Bullying Tenants Out of Rent-Controlled Units
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Notorious Landlord Sued by City for Allegedly Bullying Tenants Out of Rent-Controlled Units

A San Francisco landlord who is allegedly bullying elderly and disabled tenants into surrendering their rent-controlled apartments has been sued by the city. City Attorney…

Supervisor Kim’s Mission Rock Development Plan Conflicts With Giants’ Plan
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Supervisor Kim’s Mission Rock Development Plan Conflicts With Giants’ Plan

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim introduced an initiative for the November ballot on Tuesday that could change height limits in the new Mission Rock neighborhood…

Supes Reject Mission Development Moratorium
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Supes Reject Mission Development Moratorium

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors rejected a proposed moratorium on market-rate housing development in the city’s Mission District late Tuesday night. The vote on…

City Considers Pros and Cons of Market Rate Housing Moratorium in Mission District
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City Considers Pros and Cons of Market Rate Housing Moratorium in Mission District

Hundreds of San Franciscans descended on City Hall today to voice their opinions prior to a vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on…

Notorious Eviction Attorney Gets Thrown Off Case For Violation Of Conduct Guidelines
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Notorious Eviction Attorney Gets Thrown Off Case For Violation Of Conduct Guidelines

A county judge has thrown a San Francisco law firm off a court battle over a Richmond District eviction lawsuit originally filed more than a…

Controller Reports Job and Residential Real Estate Market Strong
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Controller Reports Job and Residential Real Estate Market Strong

Economic data for the City and County of San Francisco indicate the job and residential real estate markets remain strong, according to a report released…

Residents Describe Filthy, Unsafe Conditions At Sunnydale Public Housing Project
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Residents Describe Filthy, Unsafe Conditions At Sunnydale Public Housing Project

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Chief of Staff toured San Francisco’s Sunnydale public housing project Thursday following a deadly fire in April that has stirred…

Vendors Still Waiting For Contract From Developer To Ensure Flower Mart’s Future
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Vendors Still Waiting For Contract From Developer To Ensure Flower Mart’s Future

Following a community meeting at the San Francisco Flower Mart in the city’s South of Market neighborhood over concerns that the market could be decommissioned,…

Expedited Trial Scheduled for Case Involving Evicted Nob Hill Tenants
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Expedited Trial Scheduled for Case Involving Evicted Nob Hill Tenants

A federal judge in San Francisco declined today to issue an immediate order blocking a new city law that sharply increases the relocation payments landlords…

Supporters Of Waterfront Development Measure Rally Against Gavin Newsom’s Lawsuit Against SF
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Supporters Of Waterfront Development Measure Rally Against Gavin Newsom’s Lawsuit Against SF

A group of residents gathered outside the San Francisco Ferry Building today to call on Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other members of the State…

Mayor Announces New Loan Program for Affordable Housing
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Mayor Announces New Loan Program for Affordable Housing

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced Monday a new loan program designed to protect longtime low-income tenants in the city, according to the mayor’s office….

SF Planning Commission Considering New Short-Term Rental Laws in Hearing
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SF Planning Commission Considering New Short-Term Rental Laws in Hearing

The San Francisco Planning Commission this afternoon is weighing in on legislation that would change laws surrounding short-term home rentals, such as listings through the…

“They’re a symbol of the arrogance and takeover of the city”: Tech Buses Blocked In Mission
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“They’re a symbol of the arrogance and takeover of the city”: Tech Buses Blocked In Mission

Senior and disability advocates blocked two tech buses for half an hour in the Mission District this morning to protest rising eviction rates of vulnerable…

Landlords Sue SF Over Plan To Increase Relocation Payments For Displaced Tenants
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Landlords Sue SF Over Plan To Increase Relocation Payments For Displaced Tenants

Property owners, landlord groups and their attorney announced a lawsuit this morning against a new San Francisco law that bumps up relocation assistance payments owed…

Infamous SF Eviction Lawyers Use DMCA Claim to Silence Protest Video
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Infamous SF Eviction Lawyers Use DMCA Claim to Silence Protest Video

Please scroll down for an update to this story. Not content to help landlords evict tenants from their homes and businesses, Daniel Bornstein at the…

Bay Area Home Sales Up in June
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Bay Area Home Sales Up in June

Bay Area home sales were slightly up in June but remained below long-term levels, according to data services provider DataQuick. Prices on homes also continued…

Lawsuit Filed Against Proposition that Requires Vote for Waterfront Height Limit Increases
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Lawsuit Filed Against Proposition that Requires Vote for Waterfront Height Limit Increases

The California State Lands Commission filed a lawsuit Tuesday opposing the city’s Proposition B, which was approved by voters in June and requires proposed building…

Environmental Impact Report for $1.15 Billion Treasure Island Development Upheld in Court
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Environmental Impact Report for $1.15 Billion Treasure Island Development Upheld in Court

The city of San Francisco’s environmental impact report on plans for a $1.5 billion development with 20,000 residents at the former Navy base on Treasure…

SFMTA Officially Names Public Area Near CCSF “Unity Plaza”
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SFMTA Officially Names Public Area Near CCSF “Unity Plaza”

A public plaza located on Ocean Avenue next to City College of San Francisco has been officially named Unity Plaza, according to the San Francisco…

Supes, Activists, File Anti-Speculation Tax Measure
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Supes, Activists, File Anti-Speculation Tax Measure

Tenant organizations, housing rights groups and other supporters gathered in front of San Francisco’s City Hall this afternoon before filing a November ballot measure to…

Tenant Troubles: Why On Earth Would I Have To Pay My Building A $200 Move-Out Fee?
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Tenant Troubles: Why On Earth Would I Have To Pay My Building A $200 Move-Out Fee?

I’m a 31-year-old female who has been living in the same apartment since August 2011. My apartment was a two bed/two bath unit in a…

Tenant Troubles: Can My New Landlord “Bank” My Rent Increases From Before She Owned My Home?
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Tenant Troubles: Can My New Landlord “Bank” My Rent Increases From Before She Owned My Home?

I live in a house in San Francisco with three apartments, built before 1979. I’ve lived in my apartment for 10 years, I am 44 and…

Two Construction Workers Injured In Separate Accidents At SF Housing Development Site
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Two Construction Workers Injured In Separate Accidents At SF Housing Development Site

Two workers were injured in separate accidents at the same under-construction housing development in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood this morning, according to the state…

Subcontractor Who Likely Started $40 Million Blaze Is Fined $1000
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Subcontractor Who Likely Started $40 Million Blaze Is Fined $1000

San Francisco fire officials said today that TC Steel of Petaluma was the subcontractor whose work is believed to have started the large blaze at…

City Leaders Celebrate Reopening Of Coit Tower
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City Leaders Celebrate Reopening Of Coit Tower

After a nearly six-month shutdown for renovations, San Francisco’s iconic Coit Tower reopened this morning to much fanfare on the top of Telegraph Hill. San…

Tenant Troubles: Is It Legal For My Landlord To Change The Terms Of My Lease After 12 Years?
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Tenant Troubles: Is It Legal For My Landlord To Change The Terms Of My Lease After 12 Years?

Readers: This is a question I received last night with a plea for a quick response, as the reader has to answer his landlord in…

New Law Forces AT&T To Work Harder To Get Community Input For Placement Of Giant Sidewalk Boxes
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New Law Forces AT&T To Work Harder To Get Community Input For Placement Of Giant Sidewalk Boxes

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday afternoon concerning placement of utility boxes on city sidewalks. The ordinance authored by Supervisor…

As New North Beach Library Opens, Lawsuit Challenging Its Construction Is Rejected
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As New North Beach Library Opens, Lawsuit Challenging Its Construction Is Rejected

Three days after a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony at the $14.5 million new North Beach Branch Library in San Francisco, a state appeals court rejected a…

Roaches And Raw Sewage: SF Suing Family That Owns Residential Hotels In Tenderloin, SoMa, Mission
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Roaches And Raw Sewage: SF Suing Family That Owns Residential Hotels In Tenderloin, SoMa, Mission

The San Francisco city attorney filed a lawsuit today against a family that owns and operates at least 15 San Francisco single-room occupancy hotels for…

Despite Fight To Remain In Business, Historic Fillmore Bookstore Has Been Evicted
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Despite Fight To Remain In Business, Historic Fillmore Bookstore Has Been Evicted

Marcus Books, known as the oldest independent black bookstore in the country, was evicted from its location in San Francisco’s Fillmore District this week, the…

Careless Welder Might Be Behind Fire That Caused Over $40 Million In Damage
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Careless Welder Might Be Behind Fire That Caused Over $40 Million In Damage

A fire investigation report released Tuesday gave more details about the cause of a five-alarm fire at an under-construction apartment building in San Francisco’s Mission…

Tenant Troubles: Why Is My Landlord Demanding A $150 Late Fee?
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Tenant Troubles: Why Is My Landlord Demanding A $150 Late Fee?

I am a 25 year old woman who has been living in a rent-controlled apartment in a six unit building for about 1.5 years.  My…

New State Bill Could Offer Some Tax Relief To Renters
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New State Bill Could Offer Some Tax Relief To Renters

State Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco introduced a new bill alongside state Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, earlier this week urging passage of legislation to restore…

Airbnb Supporters And Opponents Hold Dueling Rallies Over Future Of Short-Term Housing Rentals In SF
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Airbnb Supporters And Opponents Hold Dueling Rallies Over Future Of Short-Term Housing Rentals In SF

Supporters and opponents of room-sharing services such as Airbnb that allow people to use their homes as short-term lodging for a fee held dueling rallies…

Nearly 1700 Affordable Housing Units Promised In New Visitacion Valley Development
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Nearly 1700 Affordable Housing Units Promised In New Visitacion Valley Development

A preliminary agreement announced today will likely pave the way for the construction of nearly 1,700 new affordable housing units in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley…