SF Supervisor Looks Into Rental Registry
by Alexandra Cannarella
May 14, 2019

Earlier this year, Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer inquired about the cost of starting a city-wide rent registry, that requires landlords to register with the city and provide essential information. The response? An initial $300,000 to create the initial database, and up to $3.6 million after that to cover the salaries of new city employees to maintain and operate the database.

Eight California cities already maintain rent registries for the purposes of rent-control enforcement: San Jose, Berkeley, East Palo Alto, Richmond, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood, and charge anywhere from $0 to $250 per landlord per year to maintain the database.