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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
Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
Why don't landlords accept credit card payments?
One good reason is that it costs them money to use credit cards so in essence, they are getting less money...
1 vote Share Flag Wed Feb 13, 2013 Rental Basics in Cow Hollow
Gregory Karr, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Gregory Karr answered:
Rental Prices - Advice for an international
First of all please know there have been a rash a scams when it comes the getting a rental. Don't send anyone any money. The scam is they get your deposit money, application fee, or a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 11, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Mark Venegas, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Mark Venegas answered:
Moving from DC to SF; currently rent in doorman building with amenities (gym/laundry). Any recommendations on finding similar buildings/condos in SF?
Hi Kate,

Thank you for your email. I have this new Condo and ready now. It has a concierge desk etc. Great brand new building in South Beach in an area called Mission Rock.

... more
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Steve West, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Steve West answered:
What is the best course of action if there are homeless people sleeping in your doorway?
Hi,

Besides all of the wonderful advice that keeps you safe. Try calmly explaining the disruption to the individual(s). This may or may not work, but it is always worth a shot.

... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 4, 2013 Rental Basics in Haight
Andrew Wilki…, Trulia Community Manager in San Francisco, CA
Andrew Wilkinson 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?
Thanks Steve and Jeff for your input.

I appreciate your answers, but they seem to be contradictory.

My soon-to-be landlord is a property manager of the whole building. Is she req ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 1, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Steve West, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Steve West answered:
How do I find a rental agent in San Francisco? Can you send me a list?
Steve,

Call the leasing specialist at The GoWest Group. We specialize in placing relocation clients.

Call Maria today!

(415) 746-9520
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 1, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
V E R R E O S…, Real Estate Pro in California
V E R R E O S, Tony 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?
You could be doing others a service by identifying honest issues of concern, however, first as others have noted, you want to be sure your opinions are not just your opinions as opposed ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 28, 2013 Rental Basics in Pacific Heights
Douglas Lagos, Real Estate Pro in Pacific Palisades, CA
Douglas Lagos 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?
Hi Allison,

Landlords only need to provide a phone and address where you can send the rent check or any other communication.

If you have a situation that needs to be documented, y ... more
1 vote 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
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
Leopold A Ro…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Leopold A Rodriguez answered:
Is it legal for my landlord to have a shared PG&E meter with my apartment and the apartment below me?
In allocating the split, you might consider basing it on a per-person basis. What cannot be accounted for is that a sixteen year old with hair longer than five inches will take fifteen ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 14, 2013 Rental Basics in San Francisco
V E R R E O S…, Real Estate Pro in California
V E R R E O S, Tony answered:
Do tenants have any say on the outside colors that SF apartments are painted once they are already paying rent?
If I understand this Q correctly, it seems like most posters didn't, or are joking in rely to Trulia's inane Q.
The answer is NO - tenants have no say in what color a landlord paints ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 14, 2013 Rental Basics in Castro
Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Pro in California
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Does the landlord or tenant pay to clean the chimney?
The landlord should be responsible but I would speak with the management or landlord for your answer. Did you make sure the flute is open all the way? You may also want to make sure not ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 22, 2012 Rental Basics in 94118
Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Pro in California
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Living in really old buildings and getting a security deposit back
You should take lots of pictures before you remove your stuff and when you have finished moving all your stuff out and have cleaned the place thoroughly. Use a date time stamp for all t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 7, 2012 Rental Basics in Pacific Heights
Jed Lane; Fog…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Jed Lane; Fog City Guide 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?
I'd be wary because of the amount of fraud going on in the rental market place right now.

I'd recommend that the tenant be ready to walk away from this rental opportunity. If they f ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 4, 2012 Rental Basics in SoMa
Jed Lane; Fog…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Jed Lane; Fog City Guide answered:
How do you calculate rent per square foot?
In residential rentals the price per square foot isn't really a comparable stat. It is used in commercial rental and leasing much more.
Any price per square foot is just the simple eq ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 4, 2012 Rental Basics in Pacific Heights
Lucy Logvino…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lucy Logvinova answered:
How much does earthquake insurance typically cost for renters in California?
It all depends on the area where you live. As en example for San Mateo area $25,000 earthquake coverage for personal property with $750 deductible will run about $220 per year. it's in ... more
1 vote Share Flag Mon Dec 3, 2012 Rental Basics in Bernal Heights
V E R R E O S…, Real Estate Pro in California
V E R R E O S, Tony answered:
In SF, what is a "scavenger reimbursement" annual fee and what right does a landlord have to charge it to a tenant?
If the S.F. Rent Stabilization Board allows the pass through of a fee from landlord to tenants to offset
a part of the garbage collection charges for the building, then it may be justi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 27, 2012 Rental Basics in Potrero Hill
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