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ameliaheartw…, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA
ameliaheartwright 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?
I would definitely ask a lawyer about it. There are many lawyers that specifically work with people trying to receive restitution for injuries. I think that a case like this will depend ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 22, 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
Tristam Biel…, Real Estate Pro in Highland Park, Los A...
Tristam Bielecki answered:
Is it mandatory to have a home inspection in San Francisco prior to renting a home?
I have never heard of that and I don't believe it is mandatory in SF. IF you want to check the rules and regulations specific to SF, take a look here: http://www.sfrb.org/index.aspx?pag ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 8, 2014 Rental Basics in 94118
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
All rental websites are susceptible to scam posts - here are a few simple steps to figure out if a rental listing is a scam and to avoid them:If a property is far under-priced or seems "too good to be… Read more
Blogged Fri Jul 4, 2014 by Ryan Rudnick How To... Rental Basics Rentals
Flavio Tejada…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA
Flavio Tejada, MBA,Realtor/Own answered:
Family friendly city near San Francisco?
All the cities you mention are great choices...you can research neighborhoods, schools/API scores, and more on my website

Example; $15,000 Buyer Rebate, or $22,500 Seller Discount, o ... 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,Jr. 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 Kornicki, Real Estate Pro in 33154
Mott 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 J. Kr…, Real Estate Pro in Frederick County, MD
Robert J. 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
Shah & J…, Renter in Farmington Hills, MI
Shah & Joi Mitchell asked:
Working class family relocating to SF 30's looking for affordable safe diverse community with night life too. My Wife and I have a 5yr old and 2yr old. We are looking for a community with great schools, safety and good night life. I (shamar) was born in SF, my Dad is also an SF native and currently…
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 2, 2014 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve 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
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara County, CA
Arpad Racz answered:
When are rental houses/apartments open for viewings generally? Weekdays or weekends?
Hi Sherrie,

It is also a good idea to communicate with the person holding open house or showing the property, in case it gets rained out, or there are any changes.

Kind regards,
... more
0 votes 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
J.R. Thrasher, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
J.R. 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
J.R. Thrasher, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
J.R. Thrasher answered:
In San Francisco SOMA area I'm very often asked to pay a "Refundable Security Deposit" before viewing. Scams?
Please don't send any of these scams money. As a matter of fact, you would help the whole community out by flagging the ad when you come across one.

Thanks
J.R. Thrasher
www.SanDi ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Jan 8, 2014 Rental Basics in 94107
bengibson4113, Both Buyer and Seller in Salt Lake City, UT
bengibson4113 answered:
How much additional value does a fully furnished apartment have over an empty apartment?
It still depends on the location and your ideal renter. I have all my apartments furnished in Adelaide because I'm catering to short term leases. People are usually looking for fully ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 11, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
leaseoppo, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
leaseoppo answered:
Why would anyone want to live in SOMA when other neighborhoods have so much SF charm? What am I missing aside from CalTrain (and yummy food trucks)?
Good question, Living in Soma is a gives you superb access to all major transport options down the peninsula, east or heading north. In Soma you can walk to the ferry building the baseb ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 19, 2013 Rental Basics in SoMa
Trevolyn Hai…, Real Estate Pro in Chino, CA
Trevolyn Haines (909)262-6221 answered:
I am a subtenant,the master tenant has moved out and the building has recently sold .Should I expect a 30 day notice?
Most leases do not allow for subleasing with out approval from the owner. If you had received written approval from the previous owner then your lease would still be valid with the new ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 5, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
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