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Michael Cheng, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Michael Cheng answered:
Is being a landlord considered a full-time job?
It depends on how much time you put into managing properties. I have some clients who can manage their properties on just an hour a month.

Otherwise, if you're going by IRS defini ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 10, 2013 Rental Basics in Pacific Heights
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
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
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