The San Francisco Rent Ordinance (SF Administrative Code, Chapter 37) was enacted effective June 13, 1979 by the Board Of Supervisors and signed by the Mayor as emergency legislation to alleviate the city's housing crisis.
The Rent Board has the authority to:
1) Promulgate Rules and Regulations to effectuate the purposes of the Rent Ordinance
2) Hire staff, including administrative law judges
3) Conduct rental arbitration, or mediation hearings.
The San Francisco Rent Board offers a 24-hour recorded information hotline, online brochures covering common issues, counseling via phone or in person--Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin translators available.