San Francisco Supervisors approve legislation to protect renters
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
June 27, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors
today passed with a 7-4 vote legislation that limits the ability
of landlords to cut off renters' access to certain facilities
or areas connected with residential rental units.
Landlords may not take away renters' access to garage facilities,
parking facilities, driveways, storage spaces, laundry rooms,
decks, or gardens located on the same lot as the rental unit without
"just cause," according to the legislation. Landlords
also may not cut off renters' access to kitchen facilities or
lobbies supplied in connection with units in single room occupancy
hotels without just cause.
If renters' access to these types of facilities is reduced or
eliminated under the conditions permitted by the legislation,
the renter shall be entitled to a corresponding reduction in rent,
according to the legislation.
It would be up to the Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration
Board to determine whether the changes to access to the common
areas were made with just cause, and if the rent should be reduced
as a result, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said when the legislation
passed on its first reading last week.
Supervisors Bevan Dufty, Sean Elsbernd, Fiona Ma, and Michela
Alioto-Pier voted against the legislation.
The ordinance will be passed on to the mayor so that he may sign
it, veto it, or return it unsigned to the supervisors.
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