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What Tenants Need to Know About Rent Registries

What Tenants Need to Know About Rent Registries

There’s a new rule on the books for landlords in San Francisco, Oakland and other California cities. Buildings with 10+ residential units must be fully registered with the local rent boards. That means each unit’s unique “stats” must be on file (and updated annually)...

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When Your Landlord Attempts a Lock Out

When Your Landlord Attempts a Lock Out

This case is about a tenant who fought a bad landlord and the hard-working attorney she hired. Based on the antics of the landlord, the court eventually awarded the tenant a considerable amount of money. Landlords frequently break the rules about lock outs. The court...

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When Your Landlord Wants to Move In

When Your Landlord Wants to Move In

Imagine receiving a letter from the owner of your rental home or apartment asking you to vacate because they are planning to move into your apartment. Surprise! Can your owner-landlord kick you out and move in? Yes, they can - the property belongs to them. "Owner...

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Exorbitant Rent Increases – Can My Landlord Do That?

Exorbitant Rent Increases – Can My Landlord Do That?

When we recently discussed the Costa-Hawkins Act of 1995 in this blog, we noted the act was created to "manage the power of California cities to regulate individual rental markets." The Act was intended to protect long-term tenants from skyrocketing rent price gouging...

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The Tenant Protection Act and You

The Tenant Protection Act and You

On January 1, 2020 AB 1482 (the California Tenant Protection Act of 2019) went into effect for 10 years. The Act was implemented to prevent price gouging and protect tenants through January 1, 2030. Landlords Must Provide a "Just Cause" to End a Tenancy After a tenant...

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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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