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Roommate Rent Control

Your landlord may not be able to increase your rent just because your roommate is moving out. Under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, a roommate that moves into an existing tenancy sometimes is entitled to keep the rent level inherited from the original occupants. A state law known as Costa Hawkins has made it more difficult for subsequent occupants to keep units under rent control. The legal analysis can be complicated. The following flowchart can be helpful in analyzing whether […]

Student Housing

Rights in Student Housing Rent Control Statutes Exclude Dormitories Typically, rent control ordinances do not cover on-campus, university housing.  For example, the San Francisco Rent Ordinance states that the term “rental units” does not include dorms owned by colleges and universities.  San Francisco Administrative Code § 37.2(a)(3).  Similarly, the City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance excludes any property owned by a governmental agency and university housing.

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