Energy & Water Conservation. Since September 20, 1982, the San Francisco Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance has required that all residential properties built before 1978 be brought up to specified standards. Your property must be inspected by a certified energy inspector and a report must be recorded. There are varying dollar limitations on the amount of work required, depending upon the type of property. Requirements include attic insulation, insulation of heating ducts, weather stripping exterior doors, and water heater insulation. Water conservation requirements include low-flow shower-heads (2.5 gallons per minute), low-flush toilets (1.6 gallons or less per flush), as well as aerators on sink faucets.
3R Report. A copy of the Report of Residential Building Record must be provided to the buyer of every residential property. This report includes the authorized use of the property, the number of legal units, building permits that have been issued, zoning, and related information.
Rent Control Ordinance. This comprehensive law may substantially affect an owner's rights regarding the use of a property. The ordinance is enforced by the San Francisco Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board. If laws are not strictly followed, it can create serious liability for an owner. When purchasing rent-controlled property, an owner who wishes to occupy may be required to provide money for moving expenses to any displaced tenants.
Underground Storage Tanks. The city requires all underground storage tanks to be removed or otherwise made safe when discovered. The property owner is responsible for the cost and related contamination clean up. This is required even if the property is not sold.