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Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
In Oakland, can I evict my tenant so that my son can move into my rental unit? If so, what is the notice period for the tenant? thanks
These are things that are probably in a lease agreement...do you have one? A standard lease usually specifies these details.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 15, 2013 Rental Basics in Oakland
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
Javier Robles, Real Estate Pro in Costa Mesa, CA
Javier Robles answered:
What determines if a unit is legal?
Hi Susan,

A unit is determined to be legal when all appropriate permits have been completed (signed off by the City). Ussually permits can be found in the City's website http://www. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 22, 2013 Rental Basics in Santa Ana
Tiffany Boyd,…, Real Estate Pro in Carlsbad, CA
Tiffany Boyd, Realtor answered:
looking for nice home to rent in rancho del oro oceanside budget 1800-2000
I would happy to help you with your search!
Please call or email with your contact info, and I will happy to send you the list of the rentals in that range, and give you access to sear ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 13, 2013 Rental Basics in Oceanside
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
Valli Lopez, Real Estate Pro in 92021
Valli Lopez answered:
Management company for weekly vacation condo on mission beach
Hi John,
My close friend Susan Holmes runs a property management company. I told her about you and she said she would love to talk to you and explain the rules and tax laws that come ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 4, 2014 Rental Basics in 92109
Patrick &…, Real Estate Pro in Sacramento, CA
Patrick & Tina answered:
How can I become an eligible renter?
Best advise is build a case why a potential landlord should ignore the evictions. If you have documentation that you were renting another property while in school, provide that. If you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 11, 2013 Rental Basics in Citrus Heights
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
Can my landlord change the locks and move all of my property out of my room and hold it hostage, along with my car, in her garage?
I have this cosmic feeling that you are not giving us the whole story:
Something tells me that this was not simply a business/landlord relationship.

In any case; this is not a Real ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 15, 2013 Rental Basics in San Jose
Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Pro in California
Sheryl Arndt answered:
I rent in san leandro more than 10 yr. I have had no heater for more than a year. Landlord said will get one but still with out heat
Here is a brochure to the Inland Mediation Board which is a free legal advice service for tenant and landlords. Give them a call as heat is a requirement and I believe it is illegal for ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 31, 2012 Rental Basics in San Leandro
Micah Leslie, Both Buyer and Seller in Santa Ana, CA
Micah Leslie asked:
Is it lawful for the landlord to notice termination of landlord's water utility account (shut off water) when tenant fails to transfer utilty to? self Our lease agreement, the subject of a pending Unlawful Detainer Lawsuit, requires the tenant to “place utilities in Tenant’s name as of the Commencement Date”. The tenant ha...
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 26, 2012 Rental Basics in California
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
Better Homes & Gardens/Mason-McDuffie Real Estate
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0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 22, 2012 Rental Basics in 94118
Sergio Reyes, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Sergio Reyes answered:
Management company for weekly vacation condo on mission beach
Hello John,
Please check out our website and let me know if you would like to contract services with us. We are an experienced Property Management Company. Thank You. www.cflrealtypm. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 4, 2013 Rental Basics in 92109
Jeff Kockos, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo County, CA
Jeff Kockos answered:
is it legal to charge more rent if i move in with my girlfriend in Daly City?
its illegal. plain and simple.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 10, 2013 Rental Basics in Daly City
Lon Mapes, Real Estate Pro in 92373
Lon Mapes answered:
Are there rentals cheap no more then $350.00 month for young single mom with 3 children around?
Hi Rebecca,

Unfortunately I'm not aware of any rentals in our market area that would be $350 or less per month. Typically, the lowest resnts I see are $500 and up. I did a quick se ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 12, 2012 Rental Basics in San Bernardino County
Suzanne MacD…, Real Estate Pro in 07856
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
Why does Trulia have so many fake rental listings?
There are a lot of con artists out there these days targeting tenants. They are most prevalent on Craig's list. The scammers find a house for sale on some website then steal the photo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 30, 2013 Rental Basics in North of Montana
Caroline Har…, Real Estate Pro in Granada Hills, CA
Caroline Harabedian answered:
What are some tips for a first time landlord?
A first time landlord should be careful of who they choose as a tenant, rather than quickly trying to get any old tenant in the unit. A quality tenant is easy to recognize if you know ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 11, 2012 Rental Basics in Greater Wilshire / Hancock Park
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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