Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA)

The Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA) gives qualified non-profit organizations the right of first offer, and/or the right of first refusal to purchase certain properties offered for sale in the City. COPA was created to prevent tenant displacement and promote the creation and preservation of affordable rental housing.

The following properties are subject to COPA (see Program Rules for more Information):

  • Buildings with 3 or more residential units
  • Vacant land that could be developed into 3 or more residential units


COPA Program Information


Qualified Nonprofits


Seller Requirements and Resources

COPA requires that by no later than fifteen (15) days after any sale of a building, all sellers will provide MOHCD with a signed declaration, under penalty and perjury, affirming that the sale of that Building complied with the requirements of COPA.


Instructions for Submitting Declarations

Sellers or Sellers' agents should submit Seller Declarations to the following e-mail address: copa.mohcd@sfgov.org 

If hard copy is prefered, please send to the following address:


Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
Attn: COPA Seller Declaration Form
1 South Van Ness Ave, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103