Can the San Francisco Rent Board require a landlord to make repairs?

No, the San Francisco Rent Board cannot require a landlord to make repairs or to do maintenance work. Only a city inspector from the Department of Building Inspection or the Department of Public Health can order a landlord to perform repairs or maintenance.

However, if the tenant files a Rent Board petition, the Rent Board can adjust their rent based on a substantial decrease in housing services. The San Francisco Rent Board will attempt to help the tenant and landlord resolve their issues through a voluntary mediation process. 

 

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