December 3, 2019

Property owners beware - liability falls on you. Property owners can incur significant expenses including relocation payments, costs of filing an unlawful detainer lawsuit, or the costs of defending lawsuits filed by tenants when dealing with unpermitted units.

November 12, 2019

You should review your lease to see if there are any provisions requiring the permission of the landlord before a security camera can be installed. Some leases require the tenant to first obtain written permission.

October 15, 2019

California Civil Code § 1710.2 requires a landlord to voluntarily disclose whether there has been a death at the rental property to any potential renters that occurred within three years from the date of the tenant’s death. This is irrespective if the death occurred na...

Your lease may address how shared common space can be used. However, since you are asking the question, I’m assuming that it does not and that you are asking what to do in this particular situation. Tenants are entitled to peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their residenc...

Most leases, like the SFAA Residential Tenancy Agreement, have provisions that prohibit alternations, modification, or changes to the premises without permission of the property owner and provisions where a tenant agrees to maintain the premises in a clean and good con...

April 24, 2019

A reasonable accommodation is a change in rules, policies, practices, or services so that a person with a disability will have an opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling unit or common space. A landlord is not required to provide an unreasonable accommodation for a dis...

April 10, 2019

With rent-controlled units, a property owner may increase a tenant’s base rent once every 12 months by the allowable annual rent increase (or CPI). The San Francisco Rent Board publishes this amount each year, effective the following March 1st. The property owner mu...

February 28, 2019

The implied warranty of habitability requires that rental units be safe and habitable—this includes having working plumbing. The landlord has the obligation to make sure that water pipes are in operable condition. You as the landlord have the responsibility to repair t...

April 27, 2018

Approximately 15.2 million Californians speak a language other than English as home. And the other Californians don’t speak English well (that’s a joke). The California Translation Act, codified at Civil Code § 1632 governs transactions affected in the five most common...

March 31, 2018

It is your right to sell your building whenever you want. You do not have an obligation to disclose this information to your tenants. There is state law that requires the new owner to notify the tenant about new ownership, how to contact the new landlord, and where to...

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