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 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...

April 27, 2018

In most rent-controlled cities, such as Oakland and Berkeley, tenants are generally allowed to replace absent roommates with new roommates, and there are few grounds to object (increased utility costs would not be valid.)

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...

March 14, 2018

Outside of an emergency, repair of the leak is similarly a “necessary” service to maintain the property in habitable condition. A 24-hour notice is required to enter, but the tenant is not required to be present. If the tenant does not want to be disturbed by the repai...