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The Residential Builders Association of San Francisco also known as the RBA represents more than 300 of the most reputable and successful firms in the construction industry

As an Association, the RBA is dedicated to improving conditions and enhancing the common interest of the construction industry in San Francisco. Through business networking, industry forums and strong representation and advocacy to government and professional bodies on a local and regional level the RBA continues to progressively disseminate vital industry information to its membership.


Reported spike in evictions prompts local lawmaker to seek expansion of AB 1482

Although Sacramento passed “just cause” eviction protections for all California renters this year, some SF lawmakers say it’s not enough. A supervisor and city committee now want to push those safeguards even further, in response to an apparent spike in eviction attempts ahead of the new rules.

In October, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SF-based Assemblymember David Chiu’s AB 1482 into law. The bill capped rent hikes on countless California homes not protected by rent control, and it also included new rules about when and why landlords can oust tenants.

But the bill only applies to units built prior to the last 15 years. Supervisor Matt Haney and SF’s Rule...

September 11, 2019

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The California State Senate approved the final version of Berkeley-based State Sen. Nancy Skinner’s “Housing Crisis Act of 2019” last week, a new law that “suspends local practices that are documented obstacles to housing production” such as housing moratoriums and certain fees.

Since the Assembly also passed the bill, dubbed SB 330, earlier in the week, that leaves it clear for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk and presumed signature.

“SB 330 is based on the premise that much of the housing we need has already been planned for by local communities,” a statement from Skinner’s office after the final votes reads.

“But that housing is not getting built. [...] In effect until 2025, the bill’s provisions require cities and...

Winter is here, both for the city and for San Francisco’s always chilling rent prices, which show no signs of seasonal generosity according to reports from popular rental platforms furnishing data for the city.

Although San Francisco’s housing market seems just on the brink of turning downward year in and year out—and while some key indicators did, in fact, contract in 2018—the price of renting keeps trekking ever upward.

Across the board, year-end data shows another year-over-year appreciation in apartment prices, with San Francisco now so firmly ensconced as the country’s most expensive place to rent a home that it’s hard to imagine when the top spot might ever change.

  • A one-bedroom SF apartment on Zumpercloses November at a median...

Laundry is a waiting game, and now the the owner of the Wash Land laundromat at 2918 Mission will have to wait even longer to find out if he can raze the circa-1924 building in favor of a 75-unit housing development, after the Board of Supervisors put off a vote on the project to determine whether or not the facility is historically significant.

The housing proposal, in the works since 2014 and approved by the Planning Commission in December, invokes California’s state density bonus law to go over and above the zoning for the block.

The plan as of Tuesday’s hearing is as follows:

To demolish a 5,200 square-foot, single-story, approximately 15- foot-tall commercial building and to construct an eight-story, 84-foot, 8-inch-tall 67,314 squar...

Meanwhile, rents are up 43 percent in ten years

If housing in San Francisco was as plentiful as data about housing in San Francisco, most renters would be on easy street.

The rental site ApartmentList crunched some census numbers in over 400 cities going back to 2005 to figure out, which metros kept up with construction relative to job growth and which ones were lying down on the job.

The verdict: San Francisco (or more accurately, the SF-Oakland-Hayward census area) created only one new home per 6.8 new jobs between 2010 and 2015.

Compare this to the period from 2005-2010 (which includes the recession), when homes beat out jobs by 1.6:1.

That comes out to an average of three jobs per home for the entire 2005-2015 decade. Which isn’t the wo...

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