I'm looking at houses in the SF Bay Area and sometimes see the phrase "tenants rights", particularly in San Francisco. What does this?

Asked by Lorian, San Francisco, CA Tue May 1, 2012


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Danielle Laz…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 1, 2012
Hi Lorian,

San Francisco has very strict rent and eviction control laws. The strictest in the universe.

Here are resources to help you get up-to-date. If you need further help, let me know!


SAN FRANCISCO RENT BOARD http://www.sfrb.org/

SAN FRANCISCO TENANTS UNION http://www.sftu.org/

SFHOTLIST BLOG POST ON SF INVESTMENT PROPERTY AND RENT CONTROL http://sfhotlist.com/2009/11/02/whats-the-deal-with-san-fran…
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Bob Evans, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 8, 2012
It means that you need a very good Realtor to explain to you the facts regarding Tenants Rights and you as a buyer. There are many situations that can happen so call me at (415) 308-5902 because there is so much to say and too little space to answer.
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William Ng, Home Buyer, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 8, 2012
Means your out $3500-$15,000 per unit, easily much more if your considering a buyout and they are protected and wont budge. Not to mention the lawyer fees (not included), and sleepness nights =)
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Lance King, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 1, 2012
Tenants have a LOT of rights in this city, and if you are going to buy here you need to have someone very experienced with the ins and outs of dealing with these issues. We have dealt with this both personally and for clients - you need to know what potential ramifications are before you buy ANYthing.

We also have an attorney on retainer who is excellent at dealing with the landlord side if you ever need a referral. Happy to sit down with you and explain if you want.

You can also go to the San Francisco Rent Board site for more info - http://www.sfrb.org/

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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Astrid Lacit…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 1, 2012
it means there is a tenant in residence, and you being able to occupy the premises following close of escrow is subject to the existing lease as well as rent control ordinances. These ordinances spell out relocation expenses, who can give a tenant notice to move, when, etc.

I would encourage you to go on line and read about tenants' rights in the San Francisco Rent Control ordinance. There is also a state wide law called Costa Hawkins. I would encourage you to read about that as well. Many are of the opinion that it supersedes San Francisco ordinances.

Astrid Lacitis
Keynote Properties
415 860 0765
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Matthew Goul…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 1, 2012
Hi Lorain,

You really need to get in touch with a Realtor who can explain some of this and provide you with some good resources so you have a better understanding. Tennant laws are very complicated in SF and some East Bay areas and it can affect the value.

Please feel free to call me,
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Bob Evans, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 1, 2012
It means in San Francisco that when you purchase it does not allow you to immediately move in as most home sales allow the buyer to do. These "Tenants Rights" are landmines for buyers and there are items you should look for when buying. I can explain them to you by calling me at (415) 308-5902 as there are too many items for me to write about.
Bob Evans
Top Ten Realtor-San Francisco Magazine.
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Seth Skolnick, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 1, 2012

San Francisco is subject to rent control. Depending on the year in which the property was built and the type of property, the property may fall under all or part of the SF Rent Control Ordinance.

If you have further questions, I'd be happy to speak with you.

Best Wishes,

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Dan Healy, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 1, 2012

If you buy a home anywhere in CA with a tenant on a lease, you are obligated to honor the terms of that lease, including letting the tenant stay until the lease expires. In San Francisco, there are additional tenant protection laws that are quite complex. They cover how you can regain "possession" (getting the tenant to move), whether you can increase the rent, etc. These rules vary based on the year the property was built, whether it is a single-family, condo, or multi-unit. This kind of complexity is one of the reasons that working with an experience buyers' agent who knows the local market is so important.

I'm happy to give you more details, or discuss a particular property or situation with you if you'd like. Just let me know.

Dan Healy
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gabrielle b…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 1, 2012

The city and county of San Francisco as well as a number of other Bay Area cities have strict regulations when it comes to tenants. Tenants have rights that any landlord must know and abide by and when purchasing houses, being aware and educated about tenants rights is a must. For more in depth information, please visit the San Francisco Rent Board website and feel free to call me at 415-200-7202. And of course, work with a real estate professional who is knowledgable and capable of guiding you. That said, know that real estate professionals cannot dispense legal advice.
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Sally Rosenm…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue May 1, 2012
My suggestion is to go to http://www.sfgov.org. It is the Mayor's official website. You can get all the information on the rental rights of tenants (and they have many.) You should also go to the website of Goldstetin, Gellman et al for their terrific articles on tenants and property. http://www.g3mh.com
Attorney Andy Sirkin is also another with articles to read. And you really should do it for SF has some very strict rules and laws to protect tenant's rights.

Good luck,

Web Reference:  http://www.sallyrosenman.com
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