“Almost no one is moving to San Francisco to save money.” We love our region, but the opening line in recent Associated Press article, carried by U.S. News & World Report, is a truth Bay Area residents feel in their tightening wallets. Research by real estate data firm Zillow found that city rents jumped 15% over the past year with the average home rent hitting $3,129 in March. This cost makes tenant protections, including rent control, even more important, especially for long-term city residents. Our San Francisco tenants’ attorney is glad to share the news that the Supreme Court of California has helped strengthen those protections.
The Facts: Landlord Nearly Doubles Tenant’s Rent
As the San Francisco Chronicle reported, last Wednesday the state’s highest court unanimously declined to review a First District Court of Appeal decision handed down in January. In doing so, the court allows the appellate decision favoring a San Francisco tenant to stand. Brian Govender has lived at 999 First Street, close to Alamo Square, since November 2003. At the time, Govender was only 13 and not named in the lease. His parents moved out in August 2012 and owner Mosser Companies moved to raise the monthly rent from $1,681.75 to $3,295.