By Adam Brinklow : curbed – excerpt
Registries help enforce rent control and other provisions
In a little remarked-on bit of San Francisco intrigue, earlier this year Supervisor Sandra Lee-Fewer’s office asked the city’s Budget and Legislative Analyst to calculate how much it would cost to start up a rental registry in San Francisco, a move that would allow the city to aggressively enforce rules for landlords.
“Rental registration is a local regulation that requires landlords to register with the city and provide the city with essential information,” according to the Center For Community Progress, a nonprofit that focuses on vacant and disused properties.
In April, Fred Brousseau, the office’s director of policy analysis, returned the requested figures, estimating that starting a rental registry in the city would cost somewhere around $300,000, Staffing and maintaining such a resource would run the city between $1.7 million and $3.6 million-plus per year… (more)
If the registry is able to keep people housed, it is well worth it.