Chapter 38 Landlord Notification Requirements

Commercial Landlord Notification Requirements Regarding Disability Access
SF Administrative Code Chapter 38

Beginning January 1, 2013, commercial landlords have the obligation of making disability access improvements and providing required notifications when entering into or amending a lease of a property less than 7,500 square feet.

Before entering into or amending a Lease, a commercial landlord must either:

  1. Ensure that existing public restrooms, ground floor entrances, and ground floor exits are accessible by removing all architectural barriers to disability access, to the extent that such improvements are required by and "readily achievable, i.e., easily accomplishable and able to be carried out without much difficulty or expense" within the meaning of any applicable provisions of Title 28, Sections 36.304 and 36.305, of the Code of Federal Regulations; or,
  2. Provide written notice to any prospective small business tenant that the property may not currently meet all applicable construction-related accessibility standards, including standards for public restrooms and ground floor entrances and exits (see Disability Access Obligations Notice” below).
  3. Provide written notice to any prospective small business tenant of the mandatory requirements of Chapter 11D of the Building Code that are applicable to all places of public accommodation (Accessible Business Entrance Program).

Required Notices

Disability Access Obligations Notice
The landlord is required to provide a written "Disability Access Obligations" notice which has established language the landlord must use.
[English] [Chinese] [Spanish] [Tagalog]
[Russian] [Vietnamese] [Japanese]

Accessible Information Notice
In addition, the landlord must provide an "Access Information Notice" brochure obtained through the Office of Small Business. Landlords must provide this brochure to tenant at the time of lease execution or amendment for spaces 7,500 sq. ft. or less. This brochure prints on 11x17 paper. Call 415-554-6134 or email if you would like one mailed to you.
[English] [Chinese] [Spanish] [Tagalog]
[Russian] [Vietnamese] [Japanese] [Thai]

Click here to read full details about San Francisco Administrative Code, Chapter 38.

Versions: Added by Ord. 187-12,  File No. 111047 effective 10/11/2012; Amended by Ord. 51-16,  File No. 150732 effective 5/22/2016.