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Astrid Lacit…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Astrid Lacitis answered:
So obviously rent control is a good thing for us renters but is there any downside to living in a rent controlled apartment?
As the saying goes- you get what you pay for: you pay below market rent, you get below market upkeep.

Some people, in a below market apartment but who care how their place looks/func ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 3, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Nick Lee, Renter in San Francisco, CA
Nick Lee answered:
Between renting in the Sunset district and Richmond district, which one offers a better overall experience (transit, apartment quality, food, etc.)?
As a ex-Richmond resident I may have a skewed answer but I really do think the inner-Rich has it all. I mean the neighborhoods themselves are probably equal in terms of apartment qualit ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 6, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Toby Jackson, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Toby Jackson answered:
Is it better to be closer to Union Street, Polk St. or Fillmore if I'm in my 20s and want easy access to bars and restaurants?
Lauren,

Out of the three, I'd say Union Street or Polk Street over Fillmore Street - the crowd on Fillmore tends to be a little older and I'd say that out of the three, there are pro ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 29, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Kevin Ho, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Kevin Ho answered:
After years of living in SF without a car I'm finally breaking down and buying one. What's the average monthly rent for a parking space?
Congrats I think? Parking from private folks with extra garages avergae about $200-$250/month.. Best places to find them are Craigslist or word of mouth.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 29, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Nancy Hom,  in San Francisco, CA
Nancy Hom answered:
Am I required to contact my landlord to sublease a room?
Look at your lease to see if you are allowed to or not. Even if it doesn't specify, I would ask your landlord if you can do it as a courtesy because they would want to know who is ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 18, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Michael Yaco…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Michael Yacobian answered:
What are some tips for renters before signing a lease?
Good question. We suggest you visit the San Francisco renters Board website ( http://www.sfrb.org/ ) to see common questions renters have as well as some tips and advice.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 6, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Jed Lane answered:
Is it reasonable to negotiate the monthly rent price with a landlord?
Depends on your definition of reasonable. If rents have dropped significantly why not ask. If the property is being offered for rent you can try, I don't think it would go far but ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 28, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Michael Yaco…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Michael Yacobian answered:
Are there any real estate agents that primarily work in rentals in the San Francisco area and if so how are commissions/fees worked into it?
Hi Jenny,

I know in our office many agents do handle both rentals and sales. The fee charged to the landlord is usually 1 month's rent. I hope this helps you a little, but if yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 23, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Manzar Azari, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Manzar Azari answered:
My husband and I are relocating from Boston and are looking for a rental while we wait for our home to sell. Are there agents that can help you?
Welcome to beautiful San Francisco. We are #1 San Francisco rental agency ( based on consumer rating in City Search ). We can assist you while you are out of State and as soon as you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 2, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Robert D Hug…, Real Estate Pro in Devon, PA
Robert D Hughes answered:
I fell down slippery steps at my apartment building and I have asked landlord for two free months rent to cover medical and missed work. Is that Ok?
Very sorry this happened to you. Love to help you out rental in San Francisco, however, this is totally a legal question where an attorney that specializes in this field needs to be con ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 9, 2015 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Oggi Kashi, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Oggi Kashi answered:
Best website for checking my credit score?
Have you tried asking your present or past landlords to show you their copy of your credit report?

Oggi Kashi
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
All data ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 27, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Lizete Santos, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lizete Santos answered:
What's a good rental insurance company?
Malger,

You should actually contact your automobile insurer they can often provide discounts if you carry more than one policy with them. If you do not own an automobile then here a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 20, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Rich Bennett, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Rich Bennett answered:
What's the best way to communicate with my landlord?
Hi Angela-

I understand your position. Here's a suggestion: perhaps you can talk to them first abvout the isssue and then follow up with a friendly note confirming what you talk ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 17, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Ann Ryan, Real Estate Pro in Doral, FL
Ann Ryan answered:
How do I make sure I don't get an illegal rental?
Every city has their own standards (and level of enforcement) for rental properties. I think the bigger danger in the market right now is that the home/apartment/condo/townhouse you� ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 27, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
Should I reserve an apartment or is this just a scam?
It sure sounds fishey.
Probably no way to check him out?

Good luck and may God bless
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 13, 2011 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Astrid Lacit…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Astrid Lacitis answered:
What is the criteria for a legal and rentable dwelling unit in san francisco, or where can I find information on it?
There is a conflict between how the building department and the rent control board view units. The building department has one set of criteria, primarily, but not totally, based on the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 7, 2011 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Debra (Debbi…, Real Estate Pro in Livingston, NJ
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Can my landlord hold my security deposit for longer than 21 days if my lease says so?
Hiagain

Just curious - why didn't you question this discrepancy when you first signed the lease? 60 days is a long time for a landlord to hold the security deposit once the tena ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 29, 2011 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Hansen, Renter in San Francisco, CA
Hansen answered:
Can my landlord raise rent if I move another person in, if the lease doesnt prohibit it?
Also, if we do not want to pay the new amount she comes up with and want to move are we still entitled to security deposit back? Am I considered in breach of my lease? This is an in-law ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 29, 2011 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Vrmontoya, Other/Just Looking in Haight, San Francisco,...
Vrmontoya asked:
What are my best options for becoming a Property Manager in San Francisco? Education? Licensing? Post-license job hunt? I am 29 and new to the SF area. I am originally from Las Vegas, and I have attended UNLV with I believe a Junior standing but no degree yet. I do not have residency in CA so I would r...
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 9, 2011 Rental Basics in Haight
Rob Mills, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Rob Mills answered:
I own a condo in San Francisco that I want to rent out. Can you recommend property management companies to me? What are the laws I need to know?
The rental codes in SF are strict and severe. Tenants definitely hold the upper hand. Is there a reason to rent rather than sell? Either Google or Yelp "San Francisco property m ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 20, 2012 Rental Basics in San Francisco
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