Landlords lose fight over nuisance law

The Public Health Department was successful Monday in advocating for legislation that would empower it to fine landlords $1,000 a day for nuisances — such as bed bugs, mold or garbage — not eradicated in a timely manner.

The Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee approved the legislation in a 2-1 vote Monday to send the legislation to the full board for a vote. Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and David Chiu supported it. Supervisor Sean Elsbernd opposed it.

Landlord advocates said the proposed law unfairly targets landlords and wanted a task force to explore the implications of the legislation, specifically how tenants are sometimes to blame for things like bed bugs.

Supervisor John Avalos, who introduced the legislation, said the law will “ensure we have better apartment conditions throughout The City.”

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