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Rental Basics in Pacific Heights : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Mar 21, 2015
Ryan Rudnick answered:
I agree with the answers below - you'll need to speak to an accountant to determine if that's possible. I'd be happy to recommend one if you'd like.

Good luck!
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Wed Apr 10, 2013
Annette Lawrence answered:
Being a landlord IS being self-employed.
Those who embrace this aspect of the free enterprise process need to understand, being self-employed, owning your own business as it really is, CAN NOT BE an exchange of time for money - which is the defination of a JOB.
A good landlord understands the multipliers that are available. As a small business owner they are exposed to risk and also reap the benefits.
Property a JOB!

Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Assoicate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
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Mon Jan 28, 2013
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 to facts you could prove if required. Is your motive a warning to others, or revenge for how you've been treated? If you write something that tells the owner/mgr. it came from you, you might expect them
to at minimum be waiting for a valid excuse to pay you back.

Since you didn't share any dirt: have you tried writing down a list of your complaints, thinking what it would take to resolve them, and then take the extra time to write it over so it doesn't sound like an attack from an unappreciative tenant? Being nice never hurts. Now, if your issues concern serious
issues, that's what the Rent Board and police are for. Maybe you haven't reached the appropriate
people to help you?
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Thu Jan 24, 2013
Douglas Lagos answered:
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, you can always send a letter with return receipt required.

Do you need something fixed or brought to the attention of the landlord?
If yes, write them a letter. If it's an emergency, phone is always the best, and then follow up with a letter.

Just like tenants need to follow rules, so do landlords. If you need more specific information, please post your question on the board.

Douglas Lagos
Realtor, Certified HAFA Specialist
Coldwell Banker Residential
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Thu Jan 24, 2013
Jeff Woo answered:
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 nuisance and could subject you to eviciton.

Your written lease may also have a no sublet without consent clause, which renting on airbnb would violate assuming you did not have consent.

Lastly, the Rent Ordinance provides that you are not allowed to sublet and make a profit essentially.

Best of luck,

Jeff Woo, Esq.
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Thu Jan 24, 2013
Bill Harkins answered:
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 evict you unless you do it again and chances are will not even notice - they could go after you to abate pet dander and fleas costing you a possible small fortune - your asking for trouble. ... more
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Fri Dec 7, 2012
Jed Lane answered:
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.

If your owner or manager didn't take pictures either is comes down to "he said / she said" and in our fair city the tenant usually wins. For that reason it really behooves owners and managers to document move-in condition.

Security deposits are the number one cause for small claims court battles between tenants and owners. For properties I manage I always document move-in / move-out with a check list and pictures. It makes the whole process much more amicable and business like.
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Tue Dec 4, 2012
Jed Lane answered:
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 equation of dollars paid or requested divided by the stated area (SF). ... more
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