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...

May 30, 2019

The rule that a lease term continues month to month when it expires, and the tenant does not move out and continues paying rent, comes from a single statute: Civil Code Section 1945. Although this statute applies to all properties, the rules diverge for when it comes...

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...

May 2, 2019

The rental housing in the United States has seen incredible changes in the past 10-15 years.  Every year, we marvel at how much people are willing to pay for smaller and smaller homes to rent and to buy.  For example, in San Francisco, the average rent is $3,693 a mont...

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 16, 2019

Communicating with a tenant after denying an application carries the risk of a discrimination claim. As a housing provider, a landlord has an obligation under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act to not discriminate against any applicant based on sex, race, color, relig...

April 5, 2019

Different landlords prefer to receive rent in different ways: the convenience of electronic transfer, the familiarity of a check, the security of a money order, or the immediacy of cash. Under Civil Code Section 1947.3(a), a landlord must permit tenants to use at least...