534 Renters’ rights groups have long argued that landlords are legally obligated to pay their rent without court orders and that the city of San Francisco has not followed the law.
The San Francisco Municipal Rent Board says it has complied with the city’s housing code for the past decade.
But it has also said it has received hundreds of complaints about landlords refusing to pay rental rent, and that it has not received enough information from the public to conduct an investigation.
The city’s Department of Administrative Services says it doesn’t have the resources to conduct a complete investigation of the complaints it receives, and says it won’t respond to them unless the complaints are resolved.
“The rent board has the right to investigate complaints.
We will respond to every complaint that comes in, regardless of who filed it, said Department of Public Utilities spokesman James Taylor.
But, he said, the board will only investigate complaints if the tenant has filed a claim.
A spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department said it could not comment on the complaints filed by tenants, saying it’s a department-wide issue.
The SFMTA, which runs BART, has been under pressure from tenants to improve safety and services.
It has received more than 1,000 complaints about its safety and sanitation practices, according to the SFMPA.
It says it’s not able to respond to all of them, but says it takes complaints seriously.
In February, BART board member Mark Farrell proposed legislation that would require the agency to hire more public safety officers to work on the street.
The board also has been criticized for failing to protect residents from illegal landlords.
In November, the city voted to impose a $10-per-day surcharge on all rents.
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