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Robert Rapp, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA
Robert Rapp answered:
Is it mandatory to have a home inspection in San Francisco prior to renting a home?
Hi Sssuejohn,

A walk-thru is the most common procedure - both at the beginning and end of your lease. With how competitive the rental market has become, most landlords likely wouldn ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 29, 2015 Rental Basics in 94118
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
I have a condo 400 miles from home, if I bought a pickup truck dedicated to rental activities, would my truck expenses be tax deductibles? Thanks.
I agree with the answers below - you'll need to speak to an accountant to determine if that's possible. I'd be happy to recommend one if you'd like.

Good luck!
-Ryan
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 21, 2015 Rental Basics in Pacific Heights
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Thinking of renting our SF single family home as opporunity to move north to Seattle, how to get around paying tenants to do Owner Move in?
From what I understand, Cynthia is correct, and I'd also like to point out that I'm not an attorney so I don't know for sure. I'd be happy to recommend one for you if you'd like, but i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 13, 2015 Rental Basics in San Francisco
ronaldswanso…, Other/Just Looking in Orem, UT
ronaldswanson55 answered:
I fell down slippery steps at my apartment building and I have asked landlord for two free months rent to cover medical and missed work. Is that Ok?
Although it would be nice to be able to go through this without any legal action, I don't think that is possible. You will get more money that you will need for your medical bills, and ... more
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Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Why are so many of your listings scams? Every listing I follow up on (which granted always look to good to be true...) have been scams.
Please report any scams you find! Unfortunately they're common on sites like this one, and you're right to think that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Good lu ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 6, 2015 Rental Basics in San Francisco
VERREOS, Tony, Real Estate Pro in ,
VERREOS, Tony answered:
Working class family relocating to SF 30's looking for affordable safe diverse community with night life too.
Hi Shah & Joi,
I hope it worked out for your family as you wanted it to. Also hope your Dad won!
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 8, 2015 Rental Basics in San Francisco
VERREOS, Tony, Real Estate Pro in ,
VERREOS, Tony answered:
never rented an apartment before need advice
Hi Rondy,
If you're living in S.F. now, then you must understand how expensive it is to rent? You offered no details to help guide you.
It would seem obvious:
1> you need lots of ... more
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Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
How much additional value does a fully furnished apartment have over an empty apartment?
It all depends on the situation. Many home buyers or renters don't want existing furniture in their new apartment as they want to furnish themselves. In cases like that, it wont add a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 12, 2014 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Beachrider19…, Home Buyer in California
Beachrider1983 answered:
Landlord passed away no will, no lease, and has a partner but aren't married. Greedy relatives want to take the house
Hi! I am a California resident, previous renter and current homeowner. I want to say that in California you do have rights as a tenant. Anyone living in a home after 30 days in Califor ... more
1 vote Share Flag Thu Aug 14, 2014 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Terry Bell, Real Estate Pro in Santa Rosa, CA
Terry Bell answered:
Family friendly city near San Francisco?
Don't forget there are many commuters that work in SF and live up in Marin and Sonoma County as far north as Petaluma! Also you might consider living in town in a condo, and having a w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 29, 2014 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Camila Da Si…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Camila Da Silva answered:
Rental advice for working class family
Hello Shamar,

I am really sorry to hear that your father is going through this very difficult situation. My husband's father is going through a similar moment in life as well.
Here ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 23, 2014 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Steve Burgess, Other/Just Looking in San Juan Capistrano,...
Steve Burgess answered:
Thinking about moving here from St Louis. What's the best neighborhood for a young single guy?
Well my friend it's good to know that you are searching a good locality with nice neighborhood. But at the same time also ensure to find a reliable financial institutes to help you to f ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 2, 2014 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Endre Barath, Real Estate Pro in Beverly Hills, CA
Endre Barath answered:
My wife and I will be relocating from Pennsylvania to the Bay in late July/Aug. & want to rent. Long distance is an issue. Should we enlist realtor?
I would strongly encourage you to work with a Relocation Specialist. Inventory is virtually non existent and if you are not working with a Realtor you might not find a place. Also be aw ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 25, 2014 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Jason Walter, Real Estate Pro in Sacramento, CA
Jason Walter answered:
How do I know if something is a scam?
Here is what to watch out for and how to protect yourself:

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0079-rental-listing-scams
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 9, 2014 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Mott Marvin…, Real Estate Pro in Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Mott Marvin Kornicki answered:
Can my landlord raise my rent based on the cost of electricity when all utilities are INCLUDED in rent according to my lease? Ty, Annandale,VA
Yes; I Can See You Now!

All utilities can be a very vague and misleading phrase; In todays world of technology and enterprise - for example - you could elect to have several "utiliti ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 25, 2014 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Robert Krop, Real Estate Pro in Frederick, MD
Robert Krop answered:
What need to be done to get a cosigner for a lease? My credit history is not great, never had credit cards. My parents are in town this weekend and
You will need to check with the landlord or leasing company on how they handle co-signers. Generally they will just sign on with you on the lease and the landlord/leasing company will ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 20, 2014 Rental Basics in 94122
Steven Ornel…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steven Ornellas answered:
Hello, I'm planning to search for rental properties in bay area. I'm new to the US market so I have a couple of basic questions:
Hi Sherrie,

I most definitely agree with Dan; rental scams are a BIG problem.

You have a number of questions above and I'm sure you will have more as time progresses. I believe y ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 14, 2014 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Ernie Pomin, Real Estate Pro in Reno, NV
Ernie Pomin answered:
When are rental houses/apartments open for viewings generally? Weekdays or weekends?
Sherrie,

The weekends are usually the best for viewings, especially on Saturdays. Make sure that you show up a little early for the places that you are really interested in, and it ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Feb 12, 2014 Rental Basics in 94123
Jason Walter, Real Estate Pro in Sacramento, CA
Jason Walter answered:
Wiring of money to secure apartment
Don't do it. Unfortunately it's very easy to post a fraudulent ad. It's best to work with a local property management company in your rental search especially if you're not local.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 14, 2014 Rental Basics in Potrero Hill
JR Thrasher, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
JR Thrasher answered:
Prospective rental unit is under a trust. Email communications with pot. "landlord" indicates required deposit via wire transfer.
Thanks for asking, smells like a scam to me. Please flag the post, as a matter of fact, I like to ask everyone to flag listings where the landlord is asking for money up front before le ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 13, 2014 Rental Basics in San Francisco
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