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Mon Feb 4, 2013
Lance King answered:
I'll answer your question if you answer mine: Why are trulia representatives flooding this forum with questions on their own site?
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Tue Sep 24, 2013
Bill Harkins answered:
Mon Jan 28, 2013
Bill Harkins answered:
No - a landlord can not evict you for a yelp review, if it's all true you are bulletproof, if not liable, slander and small claims court may be some terms you want to Google. This seems a bad idea, ... more
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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
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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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.
www.mypropertyrights.com
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Mon Jan 14, 2013
Jeff Woo answered:
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 need not be fair or equitable, but hopefully it is. It need only be agreed upon at the commencement of the tenancy.

If is possible by agreement to revise the method of allocation, but all of the effected tenants and the owner must agree.

Best of luck.
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Mon Jan 14, 2013
Jeff Woo answered:
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 Board, but I've never seen it.

Likely you are find choosing any remotely reasonable color you desire.
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Fri Feb 1, 2013
Tim Moore answered:
Click Find A Pro from above and enter the area. You will get a list of agents there.
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Sat Dec 22, 2012
Toby Jackson answered:
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
2200 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Mobile: 415-627-8200
Office: 415-921-0113
www.bhghome.com/JacksonHomes
DRE#01798961
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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
Seth Swenson, MBA answered:
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 question correctly? Call me anytime at 415 860 73845.

Aloha,

Seth
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Tue Dec 4, 2012
Bill Harkins answered:
The initial move in funds are almost always by cashiers check then starting the next month rent paid by personal checks.
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Mon Dec 3, 2012
Tina Lam answered:
Trulia, renters don't typically pay for earthquake insurance. If you're asking about your current offices, then it depends on the terms of any loan covenants with your lender.
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Mon Nov 12, 2012
Gabriel Rojas answered:
Always check with a real estate attorney regarding the rules and regulations with this topic.

A rental property owner may have to alter or modify a unit if it is a reasonable one. If it would significantly change the structure of a property or is unreasonable due to the size of the expense then it is possible that the property owner may not have to accommodate.

I would recommend Jeff Woo for advice. He can be reached at jwoo@cwclaw.com
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Fri Sep 28, 2012
Mary Macpherson answered:
I would suggest contacting an attorney to discuss your rights, or at least contacting the San Francisco Tenants' Union. One attorney to call (who recently aided a renter on a similar case) is Chris O'Connell, chris@oconnellsf.com, 415.722.5261. Good luck. ... more
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Mon Sep 17, 2012
Jae Ng answered:
There are many posts for one br apts in central richmond on Craigslist. You can do a CL search of apts / housing at sfbay.craigslist.org with the neighborhood limit of inner richmond / richmond sea cliff.

There are also agents that can help you find an apt for a fee.
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Wed Sep 5, 2012
Peter T. Chin answered:
I respectfully disagree and bed bugs are found in apartments.

As a former member of the San Francisco Apartment Association for over 10 years, I can tell you that apartments in San Francisco have a past and current bed bug problem.

I also recently spoke with Greg at the San Francisco Rent Board (Greg was a previous Staff Member of the SFAA when I was there) and the SF Health Dept. and bed bugs are a problem for residential property owners.

I posted this question because there appears to be a recent increase or spike in Bed Bugs in residential apartments and I wanted the public to chime in.

Nonetheless, I appreciate your viewpoint.

Peter T. Chin Realtor #01866332 B.A.
former members: SFAA, CAA; NAA; SPOSF
415-863-7500
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Wed Jul 25, 2012
Alison Hillman asked:
Why do landlord or apartment managers not allow this? What are the consequences to getting "caught"?
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Thu Jul 19, 2012
Michael Cheng answered:
The average is about $3-4/sqft per month. But, you can see a range from $1.50 to $10/sqft.
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