Asked by Tripp Knightly, San Francisco, CA • Fri Jul 31, 2009
I've read all I can online about Tenant rights in SF. And yet, despite all that, I've read some conflicting things.
If I rent out my HOUSE w/ a 1 year term which then goes to month-to-month w/option to break by either party w/ 30 days notice, do I really have the right to cancel at that point or does the tenant get to receive relocation allowances?
If I can't, could I raise the rent by 50% (with or without a new one year lease, in part as compensation for the economic cost of retaining the property because of the tenant's lease/stranglehold on the property)?
The reality is that if I someday seek to sell the house, it has to be sold vacant (to maximize sales price) and plus in order to get it sale-ready (staging, repairs, cleaning...) clearly the property should be tenantless. While I know passions run high on both sides on this kind of stuff, I'm really just interested in as cut and dry an answer as possible (knowing none of this is cut and dry ever!
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