Unit Registration and Licensing Law

Unit Registration and Licensing Law In December of 2020, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a rent ordinance amendment that will require unit registration and licensing.  The Rent Board will be develop a form to use for this mandatory reporting.  This is major legislation that will impact the industry...

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Collecting Rent in the COVID Era

Collecting Rent in the COVID Era Once the Tenant Relief Act expires next year, how should I collect the 25% of unpaid rent? What if the tenant vacates before then? Will I ever be able to collect the remaining 75% of unpaid rent? Firstly, everyone should note that the state...

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What Can I do if the Tenant Claims Rent is Above Fair Market?

What Can I do if the Tenant Claims Rent is Above Fair Market? Understanding that I am not obligated to offer a rent reduction, can tenants successfully argue that their current rent is now above market value through the Rent Board or another forum?  There is a common misperception about...

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Short-Term Rental Law

I would like to rent the units in my duplex furnished for short-term three month stays, and wait until rents are up again before finding a long-term tenant.  Is this legal? The short answer is “no,” this is not legal anymore.  In July of 2020, the Board of Supervisors passed...

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Options During the COVID Era

Our tenant has not paid rent since March, claiming COVID-19 hardships.  We believe he is still working.  What are our options? The COVID-19 crisis has forced us as an industry to instantly reevaluate how we do business.  As most of us now know, once the pandemic became pronounced in early...

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