Proposition H Advisory #7 - 2/16/01

Proposition H Advisory #7 - 2/16/01FROM: Joe Grubb, Executive Director

SUBJECT: Advisory #7 Re Implementation of Proposition H

On February 12, 2001, the Board of Supervisors passed on first reading a temporary Moratorium on the Rent Board"s processing of capital improvement petitions. As long as there is a preliminary injunction on the implementation of Proposition H, the Moratorium Ordinance prevents the Rent Board from processing or approving landlord petitions for certification of capital improvement costs, except for petitions which only seek certification of seismic retrofit costs.

The vote was 7-2 in favor of the Moratorium, with Supervisors Hall and Yee opposing it, and Newsom and Maxwell recusing themselves. The Moratorium will go for its second reading on February 22, 2001. The Mayor then will have ten days to sign or veto the legislation, or let it pass into law. Eight votes are necessary to override a veto.

If the Moratorium Ordinance is not vetoed by the Mayor, the Moratorium would take effect 30 days later, around the beginning of April. In the meantime, the Moratorium is not in effect and there continues to be a stay of Proposition H. The Rent Board will continue to accept and process capital improvement petitions as usual. If the Moratorium goes into effect, the Rent Board will accept capital improvement petitions for filing, but will process only those petitions which are limited solely to seismic retrofit work.

Up-to-Date Information on Implementation of Proposition H

Information concerning the Rent Board"s development of forms, regulations and procedures, as well as the status of legal actions to challenge Proposition H, may be obtained from the Rent Board in the following ways:

Web site: under "What"s New"

24-Hour Recorded Information Line: 415.252.4600, Menu No. 46, "Proposition H-Current Status"

Fax Back: 415.252.4660, Document Number 014, "What"s New/Amended"