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Sybil Archam…, Real Estate Pro in Parkland, FL
Sybil Archambault answered:
Why might a landlord hire a realtor to find her or him a tenant?
First of all a realtor will know exactly at what price to set the rent. Secondly we have the resources to list the rental everywhere including and especially on the MLS, thus expandin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 13, 2013 Rental Basics in Russian Hill
Helen Yuen, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Helen Yuen answered:
What is the best way to find monthly parking spots in Russian Hill?
There is a helpful web site worth checking out...
www. parkopedia.com/parking/neighborhood/Russian -Hill-San Francisco-CA
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 13, 2013 Rental Basics in Russian Hill
George Wolff,…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
George Wolff, Esq. answered:
When you get bought out of a San Francisco rental, are the cash proceeds deductable?
I believe that if you are the tenant being bought out, the proceeds may be taxable income to you.

If you are the landlord buying out a tenant. the payment might be a deductible busin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 13, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Pro in California
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Can a landlord in California legally withhold the security deposit if a tenant is evicted due to default on rent?
This is rather a legal question. I am not an attorney nor a licensed legal advisor but my Real Estate Broker experienced opinion is yes they can hold it and apply it to the defaulted mo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 13, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Jed Lane; Fog…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Jed Lane; Fog City Guide answered:
Rental Prices - Advice for an international
We have a lot of scams being foisted off on tenants. Be very careful of any opportunity that sounds "delicious". Never ever send any money to anyone till you've seen the place with the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 11, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Jeff Woo, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Jeff Woo answered:
Can a landlord use the money from my deposit for other purposes, or does it have to stay in an account until I move out?
There is no requirement that deposits are maitained in a separate account under California law. if the deposit is held by a property manager, there may be DRE rules which govern how su ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 1, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Lance King-F…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lance King-Founder/Broker answered:
What is the best course of action if there are homeless people sleeping in your doorway?
I'll answer your question if you answer mine: Why are trulia representatives flooding this forum with questions on their own site?
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 4, 2013 Rental Basics in Haight
Bill Harkins, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Bill Harkins answered:
College student. Looking for a cheap place to rent near SFSU with 2-3 others. Any Advice ? Or where to go?
Check out 5570 Mission #5 - www.billharkins.com
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 24, 2013 Rental Basics in 94132
Bill Harkins, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Bill Harkins answered:
If I want to write a very fair 1 star Yelp review of my building and manager and she sees it, will this be grounds for eviction?
No - a landlord can not evict you for a yelp review, if it's all true you are bulletproof, if not liable, slander and small claims court may be some terms you want to Google. This seems ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 28, 2013 Rental Basics in Pacific Heights
Elizabeth Bo…, Real Estate Pro in Cambridge, MA
Elizabeth Bolton answered:
My landlord only communicates via phone and will not give me her email, this is terrible for having hard copies of conversations. What can I do?
Somehow I can't imagine that giving a tenant an email address is a requirement for a landlord. If she wants to communicate by phone that's her perogative. And truthfully if it had got ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 24, 2013 Rental Basics in Pacific Heights
Bill Harkins, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Bill Harkins answered:
If my lease strictly says "no pets" and I have a friend in town staying at my apt. with a dog, what's the worst trouble I can get in? Warnings?
Landlord is required to give notice to cure violation but since you are posting here and know it's wrong why push it ?- no pets means no pets + although landlord should not be able to e ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 24, 2013 Rental Basics in Pacific Heights
Jeff Woo, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Jeff Woo answered:
If my landlord has never mentioned that I can't airbnb a room, can I do it or am I abusing my renter privileges?
Generally speaking, renting on airbnb is a violation of the planning code because neither you nor your landlord has a tourist occupancy permit. As such, renting on airbnb would be a nu ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 24, 2013 Rental Basics in Pacific Heights
Jeff Woo, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Jeff Woo answered:
Is it legal for my landlord to have a shared PG&E meter with my apartment and the apartment below me?
It is legal for a landlord to have a common/single utility service for multiple units. It is not uncommon. What is required is that there is an objective way to divide the bill. It n ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 14, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Jeff Woo, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Jeff Woo answered:
Do tenants have any say on the outside colors that SF apartments are painted once they are already paying rent?
You found one of the few rights not yet accorded to tenants in San Francisco. I suppose if you painted is a hideous color, a "reduction of services" claim could be made at the Rent Bo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 14, 2013 Rental Basics in Castro
tim moore, Real Estate Pro in Nags Head, NC
tim moore answered:
How do I find a rental agent in San Francisco? Can you send me a list?
Click Find A Pro from above and enter the area. You will get a list of agents there.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 1, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Toby Jackson, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Toby Jackson answered:
Does the landlord or tenant pay to clean the chimney?
Dylan,

Check your lease and see if there are any clauses regarding maintenance of the unit.

Cheers,

Toby

Toby Jackson
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0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 22, 2012 Rental Basics in 94118
Jed Lane; Fog…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Jed Lane; Fog City Guide answered:
Living in really old buildings and getting a security deposit back
First of all what damage have you done to the property that is beyond normal wear and tear. Probably not much, right. The building falling apart isn't the responsibility of the tenant. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 7, 2012 Rental Basics in Pacific Heights
Seth Swenson,…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Seth Swenson, MBA answered:
How do you calculate rent per square foot?
Hi Alison, you just divide the square feet into the rent :) so if rent was $1000 per month and square footage was 500, then he rent would be $2.00 per square foot. Did I understand your ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 4, 2012 Rental Basics in Pacific Heights
Bill Harkins, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Bill Harkins answered:
Should one be wary of renting an apartment in San Francisco where one can only pay by cashier's check or money order as opposed to a personal check?
The initial move in funds are almost always by cashiers check then starting the next month rent paid by personal checks.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 4, 2012 Rental Basics in SoMa
Tina Lam, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tina Lam answered:
How much does earthquake insurance typically cost for renters in California?
Trulia, renters don't typically pay for earthquake insurance. If you're asking about your current offices, then it depends on the terms of any loan covenants with your lender.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 3, 2012 Rental Basics in Bernal Heights
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