New Owner Move-in Regs Pass Board

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Reform of the city’s owner move-in (OMI) has passed the Board of Supervisors for the second time, and will now be sent to the mayor, but it’s unlikely he will veto it, considering that it was approved unanimously. Among the things that the new law requires: A landlord doing an OMI must provide a declaration under penalty of perjury that he/she intends to occupy the unit for use as the principal place of residence for at least 36 months. A landlord must provide a tenant with a form prepared by the Rent Board to be used to advise the Rent Board of any change in address. A landlord must file documentation with the Rent Board regarding the status of an OMI, with a penalty for not filing such documentation. The time period after an OMI during which a landlord who intends to re-rent the unit must first offer the unit to the displaced tenant is now extended from three to five years. A landlord who charges above the maximum allowable rent during the five-year period after an OMI is guilty of a misdemeanor. The Rent Board is instructed to notify the unit occupant of the maximum rent for the unit for five years after an OMI. The statute of limitations for wrongful eviction claims based on an unlawful OMI is extended from one year to five years. A nonprofit can sue on behalf of a tenant who has been wrongfully evicted for OMI. See also op ed by HRCSF staffer Cynthia Fong about the new regs:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/owner-move-reform-will-affect-sf-tenants-landlords/

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