About Us

About Us






The Mission of the Rent Board

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 Ordinance created the Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board "in order to safeguard tenants from excessive rent increases and, at the same time, to assure landlords fair and adequate rents consistent with Federal Anti-Inflation Guidelines."

The Ordinance applies to approximately 170,000 rental units in the city and, among other things, places limits on the amount of rent increases which can be charged by the landlord and on the reasons for evicting a tenant. The Rent Board is a special fund department, completely funded through the collection of rental unit fees and has no general fund contributions in its budget.

The Rent Board has the authority to:

  • promulgate Rules and Regulations to effectuate the purposes of the Rent Ordinance;
  • hire staff, including administrative law judges; and
  • conduct rental arbitration hearings, mediations and investigatory hearings on Reports of Alleged Wrongful Eviction.

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You may view and download a copy of the Rent Board Commission’s Resolution on Racial Equity, The San Francisco Rent Board Racial Equity Action Plan Phase I, and the Racial Equity Plan Appendix.


Contact Us


Office hours:

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San Francisco Rent Board Hours And Additional Information
25 Van Ness Ave., Suite 320 Phone: (415) 252-4600
San Francisco, CA 94102-6033 Email: rentboard@sfgov.org
(Cross street is Market Street)  

Senior Staff:

Executive Director Christina Varner (Acting)
Deputy Director  
Senior Administrative Law Judges Joey Koomas and Connie Brandon
Rent Board Supervisors Jennifer Rakowski and Anita Pandhoh

Counseling: Drop-in

Refer to Information Regarding Rent Board Operations During COVID-19

Phone Counseling: (415) 252-4600

Refer to Information Regarding Rent Board Operations During COVID-19

Other Important Phone Numbers:

Administrative Offices Only 415-252-4600  
TTY 415-554-9845  
Rent Board Hearing Coordinator 415-252-4629  
Rent Board Appeals Clerk 415-252-4644

Duplication Requests and File Review:

Please download and fill out the File Review & Document/Recording Duplication Service form.  If you have any questions, please call Phone Counseling at (415) 252-4600.

Multiple Language Assistance:

We have bilingual staff in the following languages: Spanish and Cantonese. We also have a telephonic language line interpretation service available in 20 languages for limited English speakers who visit our office. Our 24-hour automated telephone information line (Info-to-Go) is available in Spanish and Chinese. In addition, many of our forms and documents are available in Spanish and Chinese through our Website.

The Rent Board staff does not provide translation services at hearings or mediations. However, if you are unable to afford the services of an interpreter, you can file a Hardship Application for interpreter services and the Rent Board will hire an interpreter for you. Hardship applications for interpreter services can be obtained at the Rent Board’s office and must be filed at least 72 hours before the hearing or mediation. American sign language interpreters are also available upon 72 hours request.

Website: www.sfrb.org

Our comprehensive website offers users 24-hour access to printable versions of: agendas and minutes of the Rent Board Commission’s meetings; monthly and annual statistical reports; the San Francisco Rent Ordinance; the Rent Board’s Rules and Regulations; the Uniform Hotel Visitor Policy; over 80 topics of interest to landlords and tenants; 10 in-depth Fact Sheets on major landlord/tenant issues; Rent Board petitions and other forms; news and announcements; and more. Many of our forms and documents are available on our website in Spanish and Chinese.

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Jobs with the Rent Board

Current Employment Opportunities:

For information on current job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco you can visit the Department of Human Resources

For information on current job development and training opportunities, you can visit the San Francisco Public Library’s Jobs and Careers Resources.