Defining a Roommate

I have been sharing my duplex with the same tenant for over 20 years.  At this point, I would like to sever the relationship and have her move out.  Am I legally entitled to do so? The answer is not an easy “yes” or “no,” but instead is dependent upon...

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SF’s New 10-Day Warning Law

I’m confused by the new 10-day notice legislation.  Do I have to serve both a 10-day notice and a 3-day notice?   What is the difference? San Francisco now requires a warning notice to be sent before an owner may serve a formal eviction notice.  The new 10-day warning procedure was...

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MARKET TRENDS

Why “smart money” is chasing San Francisco apartments Rent slump provides institutional investors the chance to buy out struggling mom and pop landlords Feb. 01, 2022 07:00 AM By Emily Landes Long-time mom and pop San Francisco apartment owners are getting out and selling bigger buildings to institutional investors. (Open Homes Photography/Courtesy Of...

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Never Allow Tenants to do Their Own Repair Work

A tenant sent me a receipt from a plumber for a shower repair with the total amount deducted from their rent payment. I’m half-relieved I didn’t have to deal with the problem, but is this bad practice? Could it backfire? It is bad practice, and it most certainly can and...

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Keeping Sidewalks Clean

A tenant’s car was broken into, and he hasn’t addressed it. The vandalized car is still there, with a shattered window, and glass fragments inside of the car and all over the sidewalk and street. Can I ask him to clean it up? Yes, you certainly should ask the resident...

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Fair Housing Considerations When Evaluating Rental Applications

On the application I give to potential renters, I ask why they are moving.  Is this inquiry permissible? Yes, asking a potential applicant why they are relocating is probably okay.  But you are wise to exercise caution as to what inquiries you are making of potential applicants.  Fair housing claims...

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