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Subdivision and Condominium Conversion
Sirkin & Associates provides a full range of services for those converting San Francisco property to condominiums, drawing on our experience as the law office that has performed the most San Francisco condo conversions by far. We offer both full service condominium conversion and "do it yourself" condo conversion support, each with an exclusive, full-time conversion expert at your disposal to help with every step in the process. Please call us to discuss your conversion today. You may call Cam Perridge at 415-839-6407 or our main number 415-738-8545.

The articles, links and resources on this page relate to subdivision of real estate and conversion to condominiums. To learn more about condo conversion and new construction subdivision legal services offered by Sirkin & Associates, visit Our Services. Note that the sale of a parcel of real estate as a tenancy in common (TIC) with exclusive occupancy rights is neither a subdivision nor a conversion, and is not discussed on this page.

As of June 11, 2013, there is new condominium conversion law in San Francisco. For the latest information, see the article entitled New TIC Condo Conversion Law.

We will present a free two hour update and workshop on San Francisco condominium conversion law Saturday June 14, 10-12, at the Forest Hill Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Avenue. Please RSVP to LauraJane at 415-738-8545, or

Video of 4/2014 New TIC/Condo Conversion Law Workshop For Owners

Video of 7/2013 New TIC/Condo Conversion Law Workshop For Owners

Video of 4/2014 TIC/Condo Conversion Law Workshop For Realtors

Video of 7/2013 TIC/Condo Conversion Law Workshop For Realtors, Part 1

Video of 7/2013 TIC/Condo Conversion Law Workshop For Realtors, Part 2
Condominium Conversion Requirements
New Condominium Conversion Lottery Bypass Law
Qualification requirements for the new condo law include conversion fee, owner-occupancy, and lifetime leases. Lottery suspension and the lawsuit poison pill.
Condominium Conversion Workshop Video
This 90 minute video explains who qualifies to convert under the new TIC/condominium conversion bypass law, clearly explains the lifetime lease requirements, clarifies how a lawsuit would affect the new TIC/condo law and whether it is necessary to submit a conversion application immediately, and gives step by step instructions for the condo conversion process.
San Francisco's Condo Conversion Lottery System
How does the SF condominium lottery work? The chances of winning the condo lotto, and how many years it takes to win. When will the condo lottery resume?
Simple Summary of San Francisco Condominium Conversion Rules
Condo conversion for dummies: Quickly determine if your property qualifies, and learn how to convert your building to condominiums.
San Francisco Condominium Conversion Rules and Process
Condominium conversion step-by-step. How to qualify for conversion and bypass the condo lottery? How long does condo-izing take and how much does it cost?
Deciding Whether to Convert to Condominiums
Is converting to condominiums worthwhile? Understand the pros and cons of condo conversion, and learn how to weigh its costs and benefits.
Sell or Move Out Before or During Condo Conversion?
Can an owner move after satisfying condominium conversion owner-occupancy requirements but before applying? Is it okay to sell while conversion is in process?
Eviction History and Condominium Conversion Eligibility
Which past evictions prevent a building from converting to condos in San Francisco? How to analyze eviction history and tell if and when a condo conversion is possible.
Condo Conversion Exemption for Renovations or Additions
Can major renovations or building expansions allow a building to convert to condominiums with owner-occupancy or winning the condo lotto? What is “new construction”?
Condominium Conversion In Oakland
Restrictions on condominium conversion in Oakland, condo conversion rules and procedures, and the process of converting a building to condominiums in Oakland. (589 KBytes, PDF)
Condominium Conversion Procedures
New TIC Bypass Condominium Conversion Application
The latest San Francisco DPW condo conversion application form/instruction packet for the new expedited conversion program, released March 27, 2014. (836 KBytes, PDF)
SF Condominium Conversion Lifetime Lease Forms
These are the forms and instructions that the San Francisco Department of Public Works has released for buildings converting to condos under the new lottery bypass program where there are rental tenants. (Updated 3/28/14) (853 KBytes, PDF)
SFDPW Lifetime Lease FAQ
Information regarding the lifetime leases that must be offered to tenants in buildings converting to condominiums under San Francisco's new lottery bypass program (the "ECP"). This information reflects the agency's opinions and may not correctly state the law. Keep in mind that the courts, and not DPW, will have the final say on the obligations of owners and the rights of tenants. (266 KBytes, PDF)
Condominium Conversion Top 10 Questions
Quick answers to the 10 most commonly-asked questions about the San Francisco condominium conversion process.
Condominium Conversion FAQs
This article provides detailed answers to the questions we are most frequently asked by clients converting their San Francisco properties to condominiums. It is designed for those who have already won or bypassed the condo lottery.
How To Fasttrack Your Condo Lottery Bypass Conversion
San Francisco allows two-unit owner occupied buildings to bypass the conversion lottery and convert to condominiums following a one-year owner-occupancy period. This article explains how you can fasttrack the condominium conversion process.
Condominium Conversion Flowchart
A detailed flowchart showing the steps required for condominium conversion in San Francisco (35 KBytes, PDF)
Obtaining A Tax Certificate For Condominium Conversion
Condo converting owners must prepay property tax based on the time of year conversion is completed. This article explains payment amounts and tax certificate requirements and answers the most commonly asked questions about property tax and condominium conversion.
Tenant Intent to Purchase Form
An example of a Tenant Intent to Purchase form for San Francisco (43 KBytes, PDF)
Forming and Operating a Small Condominium Homeowners Association--General Version
Step-by-step instructions for starting and running a small (2-20 unit) homeowners association, including forming an HOA, owner meetings, budgeting, establishment and collection of HOA dues, record keeping, taxes and governmental filings, and enforcement of homeowner obligations. This article contains information for both incorporated and unincorporated associations, and is directed at homeowners in all U.S. states.
Starting and Operating 2-4 Unit Condominium Homeowners Associations In California
This article provides step-by-step instructions for starting and operating a condominium homeowners association for a 2-4 unit property in California.
Starting And Operating An Incorporated Homeowners Association In California
This article provides step-by-step instructions for starting and running an incorporated California homeowners association.
CC&Rs and Bylaws for Mixed-Use Condominiums
This Articles explains the special risks and potential disputes that should be addressed in condominium documents for mixed-use (commercial and residential) condominium owners associations.
Condominium Conversion Physical Inspections (96 KBytes, PDF)
San Francisco Condominium Conversion Status Tracking
Condominium Documents For Small (2-4 Unit) Properties
Learn how CC&Rs and Bylaws for smaller condo HOAs are different, and why small homeowner associations should periodically update their documents.
Buying A Condominium
Condo Buyer's Checklist
Learn what to look for in CC&Rs, Bylaws and HOA financial information before buying a condominium.
Law of Condominium Conversion
San Francisco Subdivision Code
Relevant sections of San Francisco law governing condominium conversion in San Francisco, effective as of September 2, 2013.
California Subdivided Lands Act
CALIFORNIA CODES BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE SECTION 11000-11023, the California consumer protection law that regulates the sale of subdivisions and undivided interests such as tenants in common (TICs) (474 KBytes, HTM)
California Subdivision Map Act
CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 66410-66499, the California law that specifies how cities and counties can restrict lot splits, condominium conversions and other subdivisions (1785 KBytes, HTM)
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