Breaking a lease 3 days into the agreement dealing w/ a CO, licensing problems, also construction not done

Asked by Ed, San Francsisco Sat Oct 4, 2008

So. My girlfriend and I rented out a place in San Francisco and it's the exact same place that was for open house but things aren't complete. We being idiots signed the lease and didn't realize these things until after it was all said and done. Now, 3 days into the beginning of the lease we want out, BUT we signed the lease 9 days ago. I know there is a right of refusal but does that start when the lease was signed or when the lease date starts.
ALSO, we did a little checking in and found that there was not plumbing OR electrical license permit to build (we looked on the san francisco city hall website) don't you need these licenses to obtain a Certification of Occupancy (CO). ALSO do you need one CO for the whole building or do you need a CO for each individual unit.
HELP ME!!!!!!

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Jed Lane, Agent, Petaluma, CA
Sun Oct 5, 2008
It is my understanding, although I'm not an attorney, that for a lease to be valid it has to be a "habitable space". So if there is no CO then you would be likely to prevail. COntact the rent board with all your documentation and if they can't answer all your questions then contact an attorney to look at the lease. What you are looking for are promises made by the owner that are not being met.
The issue with electrical and plumbing permits might not mean much. They don't show up on the 3R report and are many times included in the overall permit. The CO is everything.
The CO is needed for each unit individually.
In everything you stste there is no reason given as to why you want out.
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Vicky Chrisn…, Agent, Purcellvile, VA
Sat Oct 4, 2008
I am from the East Coast, so I have no idea what your laws are there. You should check out some of the web resources and/or contact a local tenant landlord or real estate attorney. I found this site. Maybe it will help you.
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