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...

March 19, 2019

You can, and should, make a serious effort to help resolve this problem between your tenants. Not only will it cause them to stop bothering you, but it will help shield you from liability in the event one (or both) sets of tenants alleges legal damages based on your fa...

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

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.)