New Eviction Notice Requirements as of March 19, 2016

Effective November 9, 2015, Rent Ordinance Section 37.9(c) was amended to require the landlord to attach to every eviction notice a copy of the new Rent Board Form 1007 (Notice to Tenant Required by Rent Ordinance Section 37.9(c)).  The form is required to state that "a tenant's failure to timely act in response to a notice to vacate may result in a lawsuit by the landlord to evict the tenant" and that advice regarding the notice to vacate is available from the Rent Board.


Also effective November 9, 2015, and pursuant to Ordinance Section 37.9(c) as amended, all notices to vacate under the following Rent Ordinance Sections must state in the notice to vacate the lawful rent for the unit at the time the notice to vacate is issued: 37.9(a)(8) (owner/relative move-in); 37.9(a)(9) (sale of condominium); 37.9(a)(10) (demolition/permanent removal of unit from housing use); 37.9(a)(11) (temporary eviction to perform capital improvements); and, 37.9(a)(14) (temporary eviction to perform lead remediation).


Effective March 19, 2016, Section 37.9(c) was amended again to require that Form 1007 also include information provided by the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development regarding eligibility for affordable housing programs.


Rent Board Form 1007 was updated on March 19, 2016 and is now a two-page form that includes the "Notice to Tenant" in six required languages.  Page one includes the information in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.  Page two includes the information in Chinese, Russian and Filipino.  The landlord must attach a copy of the form that is in the tenant's primary language to the eviction notice, except that if the tenant's primary language is not one of the six required languages, the landlord must attach page one of Form 1007 that contains the information in English.