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Costa-Hawkins and Your Tenant Rights

Costa-Hawkins and Your Tenant Rights

Travel back through time to 1995. What do you recall about that tumultuous year? Million Man March on Washington DC San Francisco 49ers defeat San Diego Chargers 49-26 at Super Bowl XXIX California passes the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act If you are a long-term...

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When Landlord Negligence Causes Harm

When Landlord Negligence Causes Harm

Have you been injured in your apartment building because your landlord failed to make necessary repairs in a timely manner? Friction between tenants and landlords regarding maintenance issues is extremely common. Tenants benefit from knowing their rights. Landlords...

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Renters VS. ADUs – What To Know

Renters VS. ADUs – What To Know

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are popping up like mushrooms in San Francisco and throughout the country. What's not to love about creating more safe, decent housing in densely populated areas? From basement and garage conversions to free-standing backyard...

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Part 2 – Tenant To-Dos After Fire

Part 2 – Tenant To-Dos After Fire

In our previous blog post we explored the responsibilities of landlords to repair damage and return apartments to displaced tenants after a fire. We looked at timelines, the importance of good communication, legal guidelines for landlords mandated by the San Francisco...

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Landlord Responsibility After A Fire

Landlord Responsibility After A Fire

A fire in your apartment unit or (anywhere in your building) can be a stressful, even life-changing event. Most residential fires (50%) are cooking and stove-top related, but others result from faulty or outdated electrical systems, smoking and candles, portable...

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Landlords Are Trolling For Tenant Buyouts

Landlords Are Trolling For Tenant Buyouts

When we last visited the topic of landlords offering tenants a buyout, we left out a few tips for a future day. That day is here. Pandemic-weary landlords are now anxious to raise rents, or sell their long-term apartment investments to eager corporations amassing huge...

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When Your Tenant Screening Report is Wrong

When Your Tenant Screening Report is Wrong

Tenants searching for new rental housing are running into a growing and troublesome obstacle – the tenant screening report and tenant screening scores.  Thanks to the power of A.I. – artificial intelligence, many “big data” companies now deliver comprehensive combined...

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San Francisco COVID-19 Eviction Ban Ends

San Francisco COVID-19 Eviction Ban Ends

Covid-19 eviction moratoriums have now ended. Imagine a scenario where the entire population of Fremont, CA is evicted from their homes. That's one (of many) dire predictions as the pandemic continues and federal COVID-19 rent relief funds languish in confusion and...

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