Status report on Prop M Lawsuit

Several plaintiffs, including the San Francisco Apartment Association, have filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of Proposition M, the tenant harassment amendment to the Rent Ordinance recently passed by the voters. The case is Larson et al. v. City and County of San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 509083. On January 21, 2009 the Court granted a temporary stay of some provisions of Proposition M, and set a hearing on the plaintiffs' challenges to the entire Proposition for April 17, 2009. The Rent Board will accept tenant petitions with Prop M decreased housing service claims, but will not schedule such petitions for hearing until after the court's ruling on April 17, 2009.