We also have an attorney on retainer who is excellent at dealing with the landlord side if you ever need a referral. Happy to sit down with you and explain if you want.
You can also go to the San Francisco Rent Board site for more info - http://www.sfrb.org/
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I would encourage you to go on line and read about tenants' rights in the San Francisco Rent Control ordinance. There is also a state wide law called Costa Hawkins. I would encourage you to read about that as well. Many are of the opinion that it supersedes San Francisco ordinances.
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You really need to get in touch with a Realtor who can explain some of this and provide you with some good resources so you have a better understanding. Tennant laws are very complicated in SF and some East Bay areas and it can affect the value.
Please feel free to call me,
San Francisco has very strict rent and eviction control laws. The strictest in the universe.
Here are resources to help you get up-to-date. If you need further help, let me know!
SAN FRANCISCO RENT BOARD http://www.sfrb.org/
SAN FRANCISCO TENANTS UNION http://www.sftu.org/
SFHOTLIST BLOG POST ON SF INVESTMENT PROPERTY AND RENT CONTROL http://sfhotlist.com/2009/11/02/whats-the-deal-with-san-fran
Top Ten Realtor-San Francisco Magazine.
San Francisco is subject to rent control. Depending on the year in which the property was built and the type of property, the property may fall under all or part of the SF Rent Control Ordinance.
If you have further questions, I'd be happy to speak with you.
If you buy a home anywhere in CA with a tenant on a lease, you are obligated to honor the terms of that lease, including letting the tenant stay until the lease expires. In San Francisco, there are additional tenant protection laws that are quite complex. They cover how you can regain "possession" (getting the tenant to move), whether you can increase the rent, etc. These rules vary based on the year the property was built, whether it is a single-family, condo, or multi-unit. This kind of complexity is one of the reasons that working with an experience buyers' agent who knows the local market is so important.
I'm happy to give you more details, or discuss a particular property or situation with you if you'd like. Just let me know.
The city and county of San Francisco as well as a number of other Bay Area cities have strict regulations when it comes to tenants. Tenants have rights that any landlord must know and abide by and when purchasing houses, being aware and educated about tenants rights is a must. For more in depth information, please visit the San Francisco Rent Board website and feel free to call me at 415-200-7202. And of course, work with a real estate professional who is knowledgable and capable of guiding you. That said, know that real estate professionals cannot dispense legal advice.
Attorney Andy Sirkin is also another with articles to read. And you really should do it for SF has some very strict rules and laws to protect tenant's rights.