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(a) Payment of Fee. Every owner of an apartment house or hotel, as these terms are defined by Section 401 of the San Francisco Building Code, shall pay an annual fee to the Department as required by this Section. This fee shall be known as the "Vector Control and Healthy Housing Inspection Program Fee." The amount of the fee shall be determined by the number of rental units in the building. For purposes of this section, "rental unit" shall mean a dwelling unit, as that term is defined by Section 401 of the San Francisco Building Code, which is rented or offered for rental at any time during the year for which the fee is billed, whether rent is paid in money, goods, or services. An owner of a residential condominium located in a building with three or more rental units (including but not limited to condominiums) shall pay a fee proportional to that owner's share of the rental units in the building.
(b) Purpose of Fee. The City may expend the proceeds of this fee only to defray the program and other costs of the vector control, lead hazards, asbestos hazards, and other inspections for health violations and the regulation of these buildings by the Department of Public Health pursuant to Cal. Gov. Code Sec. 54988. The Director shall develop a program for regularly occurring inspections. In addition, the Department may make additional inspections to respond to complaints by occupants, or as otherwise appropriate.
(c) Responsibility for Payment. The owner is responsible for payment of the fee. The City may collect only one annual fee set forth in subsection (f) per apartment house or hotel, except that residential condominium owners shall pay their share of the fee as set forth in subsection (a). Where more than one person has an ownership interest in an apartment house or hotel, each owner is responsible for payment of the fee.
(d) Late payment penalty. If an owner does not pay the fee required by this Section within 30 days of the due date, the owner shall pay a late payment penalty of $10.00. If an owner does not pay the fee within 60 days of the due date, the owner shall pay an additional late payment penalty of $20.00.
(e) Collection of Fee. In the event that the owner fails to pay any fee due under this Section, the City may collect the fee through the placement of a lien in the amount of the fee owed or delinquent, plus interest at the rate of one and ½ percent per month on the outstanding balance and any late payment penalties, against the real property pursuant to the procedures set forth in Col. Government Code Sec. 54988 and of the San Francisco Administrative Code (beginning with Section 10.230). In accordance with California Government Code Section 54988, all laws applicable to the levy, collection, and enforcement of ad valorem taxes shall be applicable to the proposed lien.
(f) Fee Schedule.
Apartment Building Fees
Number of Rental Units In Apartment Building
Fee Per Building Per Annum
Over 30 units
Number of Rental Units of Hotel
Fee Per Building Per Annum
Less than 20 units
More than 175 units
(Ord. 159-08, File No. 080748, App. 7/30/2008)