Topic No. 303: Estimator Fees

There is no cost to file a Capital Improvement Petition. However, in some cases, the landlord must pay for the Rent Board's cost of hiring an independent estimator. This is required where the Capital Improvement Petition requests certification of more than $25,000.00 in costs, and the petition does not include copies of either competitive bids or time and materials billings for each item. An estimator may also be necessary in cases where there are competitive bids and/or time and materials billings if the work is extensive, the documentation is unclear and/or where there are numerous tenant objections.

The amount of the estimator's fee depends on the claimed cost of the work that needs to be inspected and estimated. A copy of the current estimator's fee schedule is included in the Capital Improvement Petition form. To receive a copy of the form, you can fax it to yourself through our Fax Back system by calling (415)252-4660 or visit our website at The petition form is also available at our office.


June 2006