New Ordinance Amendments re Circumvention of Eviction Controls Through Rent Increases

Effective February 25, 2019, Rent Ordinance Sections 37.10A and 37.10B were amended to state that it shall be unlawful for a landlord to endeavor to recover possession of a rental unit that is not subject to the rent increase limitations of the Rent Ordinance pursuant to Section 37.2(r)(7) by means of a rent increase that is imposed in bad faith with an intent to defraud, intimidate, or coerce the tenant into vacating the rental unit in circumvention of local eviction controls.  Evidence of bad faith may include but is not limited to the following: (1) the rent increase was substantially in excess of market rates for comparable units; (2) the rent increase was within six months after an attempt to recover possession of the unit: and (3) such other factors as a court or the Rent Board may deem relevant.