FAQ

Rent Control
Applications
Pets


Rent Control


What is Rent Control?

When an apartment is rent controlled, the management company cannot raise the rent above the annual allowable increase rate set by the Rent Board each year. These controls keep rents stabilized and result in rents that are lower, over time, than the market rate.


What is considered a Rent Controlled apartment?

In San Francisco, apartment buildings that were built in June 1979 or earlier are protected by the local rent control and “just cause” eviction protections.


Are RentSFNow’s apartments Rent Controlled?

Most of our apartments are protected by rent control.


Why should I rent a Rent Controlled apartment?

Rent control allows renters to lock in a good rate and keeps their rent from exponential increases as market rates increase.




Applications


What do I need to apply for an apartment?
  • ID: Any form of government issued Identification is acceptable (Driver’s License, Passport or State Issued ID card)
  • Application Fee: Each person 18 years or older must pay a $35 application fee. Application fees are non-refundable but can be applied to multiple units
  • Social Security number
  • Employment information and two pay stubs

How are applications reviewed?

Applications are viewed in the order in which they are submitted on a “First come, First served” basis.


What is the Credit Score criteria?

Applicants must have a minimum credit score of 600.


What are the income requirements?

Applicants must have a minimum combined gross income (before taxes) of two and half (2.5) times the monthly rent amount.


What if I don’t have a Credit Score or don’t meet the income requirement?

If an applicant has no credit, doesn’t meet the income criteria, and/or where a co-signer cannot be obtained, RentSFNow reserves the right to require a higher security deposit. In this case, the higher security deposit would not exceed an amount equal to two (2) times the monthly rental amount.


What if I need a Co-Signer/Guarantor?

Co-signers are accepted for applicants who have no previous rental history or who do not meet the required income criteria.




Pets


Are pets allowed? Is there a pet limit?

Most of our apartments are pet friendly. Where allowed, we will allow up to two (2) pets per apartment.


Is there a pet deposit?

Yes. There is a refundable deposit of $500 for dogs and $250 for cats.


Is there a rent charge for pets?
  • Dogs: $40/month per animal
  • Cats: $25/month per animal
  • Service Animals and ESAs, regardless of type, do not incur deposit/rent

Is there a weight limit for pets?

Dogs must be 40lbs and under, except in ground floor apartments where dogs must be 80lbs and under. Weight limits do not apply to cats or service animals and ESAs.


Are there breed restrictions?

Yes. The following aggressive breeds are restricted (and are subject to change):

  1. American Pit Bull Terrier
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Rottweiler
  4. Doberman Pinscher
  5. Wolf-Dog Hybrid
  6. Bullmastiff
  7. Cane Corso
  8. Great Dane
  9. Tosa Inu
  10. American Bandogge
  11. Dogo Argentino
  12. Canary Mastiff
  13. Chow Chow
  14. Siberian Husky
  15. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  16. Boerboel
  17. Pharaoh Hound
  18. Akita Inu
  19. Caucasian Ovcharka
  20. Boxer
  21. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  22. Saint Bernard
  23. Alaskan Malamute
  24. Presa Canario

What if my pet is an ESA or Service Animal?

With regard to Service Animals & Emotional Support Animals, breed and size restrictions do not apply. Requests for approval of a Service Animal or ESA must be documented through our partner, Pet Screening. Please note that documentation of vaccinations is required for service and support animals. In addition, pet deposits and pet rent are waived for service and support animals.


What is PetScreening?

PetScreening helps to manage pet and animal records. We use PetScreening to screen household pets, validate reasonable accommodation requests for assistance animals and confirm every resident understands our pet policies. To facilitate the screening and validation process, PetScreening offers applicants and residents three profile types to choose from: Household Pet, Assistance Animal, and No Pet or Animal.


Need Assistance Filling out a Pet Screening form?

Do you have questions about the pet screening process or need technical assistance? Please email PetScreening Support Team directly at support@petscreening.com or use the chatbot by visiting www.petscreening.com.


What if I have another pet?

Pet rent and pet deposit do not apply for these pets:

  • Birds: Allowed up to 2; must be caged
  • Caged critters (rabbits, hamsters, snakes, etc.): Allowed up to 2; must be caged
  • Fish Tanks/Aquariums: Allowed up to 20 gallons
  • Reptiles: Allowed up to 30 gallons