Is my SF apartment technically a single-family dwelling?I was shocked to learn recently that my San Francisco apartment, in a building constructed well before 1979, is not covered by the rental increase portion of the San Francisco Rental Ordinance when my landlord hit me with a $1,000 increase in my rent (an increase of over 25%).I learned through extensive research online that this was because of an exception introduced in the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, in which "single-family dwellings" became exempt from rental increase limitations provided the tenancy began *after* 1996. My tenancy began in 2012.The only question I have at this point is this: is my apartment in fact a single-family dwelling? I can't seem to find a legal definition of this term, at least for San Francisco. What makes me question this is the fact that my apartment is in a building where the bottom floor is a commercial space (a laundromat), and my apartment is a single unit above it. Generally single-family dwellings are thought of as free-standing residential-only buildings (i.e. a house). The building I live in is certainly not a house, at least by common conventions.November 17 2013 - Mission00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.