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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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Fri Feb 1, 2013
Katie Wigington answered:
Hi Erin

TIC's can be tricky. You want to first make sure that the loan is fractionalized- and also just as important- or maybe more so- that you are VERY compatable with the other owners. Make sure you have a lawyer (I Recommend Andy Sirkin) look at the TIC agreement too. If all that works out then it's a good deal. Otherwise- walk away- to the nearest condo.

Katie Wigington
Bradley Real Estate
415.827.3626
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Thu Jan 24, 2013
Cindy Davis answered:
Big difference. A broker is the only legal entity that may conduct a real estate transaction. All agents must work for a license broker. Also, the broker typically has more extensive education and experience than an agent. ... more
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Thu Jan 24, 2013
Lance King answered:
I don't know if it's illegal in and of itself, but the agent would definitely need to disclose that fact.
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
James Caldwell answered:
San Francisco is 7 miles by 7 miles. In my opinion no commute within this area is a killer.
Please call me , jim caldwell st 415 921-0113
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Wed Jan 23, 2013
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Thu Feb 6, 2014
Helen Yuen answered:
It can be a safe place to live if these pre-caution tips are taken seriously:

The top preventative measure is situational awareness.
Stick to well-lit paths and try not to walk around with your iPhone or iPad out, especially at night. Even though other items are being stolen, those are the top two mentioned in police reports.

If you’re concerned about this topic - There will be a Public Safety Meeting at the Korean American Center (745 Buchanan) for this neighborhood.
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Tue Jan 29, 2013
Helen Yuen answered:
San Francisco's panhandling and puppies program aims to tackle two issues plaguing the California city: homeless beggars, living hand-to-mouth, and the influx of 500 dogs brought to animal control in 2011. A new city program plans to put both to good use.
San Francisco plans to pair ex-panhandlers with puppies in a program called WOOF- Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos. In exchange for homeless folks to give up panhandling, they will receive housing and a small stipend of around $50 to $75 a week. They would also take care of puppies while doing so, giving them valuable skills.
"Ultimately we want to see people live purposeful and full lives, and this is a step in the right direction," Bevan Dufty, director of Housing Opportunities, Partnerships, and Engagement, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The plan to curb the city's aggressive panhandlers also requires potential participants to undergo a screening beforehand to prove they aren't deranged or hoarders. After that, they receive training in animal care and job skills, the puppy, dog food, leashes, access to a veterinarian, and their incentive in the form of a stipend.

"This comes out close to what they'd be bringing in panhandling," Rebecca Katz, San Francisco director of animal care and control, told The Atlantic.
The project became a possibility with a $10,000 private donation; from there, Katz and Dufty's brainstorm provided a way for the homeless to make social connections and gain job skills.

Find current market listings- (415) 583-3535 or email me your question helenyuen@lpirealtor.com
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Fri Jan 18, 2013
Nancy Corsaut answered:
Hi Andrew,

Safe is a very subjective term and it all comes down to the neighborhoods you feel most comfortable in. Inner Sunset, Cole Valley, Castro and Duboce all have great transportation options.

Good luck!

Nancy
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Fri Jan 18, 2013
Lizete Santos answered:
Allison,

Here are two sites that are very useful. This one allows you to input an address, zip code etc. http://gis3.abag.ca.gov/Website/Shaking-Maps/viewer.htm
http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/sfgeo/liquefaction/susceptibility.html

Regards.
Lizete
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Fri Jan 18, 2013
Sally Rosenman answered:
This is too much of a question for Realtors to answer legally.... Contact a real estate attorney is my suggestion. David Gellman, Stephen Lightfoot, Steven Adair MacDonald, Andy Sirkin...... please go to Resources on my website for a list of Real Estate Attorneys. Good luck! ... more
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Mon Jan 21, 2013
Lance King answered:
Depends. If the prior liens were paid just cleared that is usually relatively easy to straighten out, and the lender can foreclose with the cloud on title if they like, and I have seen this several times. That said, I don't see them foreclosing if you have resumed payments and only behind on two. Talk with the lender ... more
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
Cindy Davis answered:
An inspector who is thorough. I also use someone who as thermal imaging tools...the capacity to detect wet walls or problem wires has saved my butt a couple of times.
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
Dan Healy answered:
This is a great question.
I always encourage my buyer clients to treat the inspection process like a walking "owner's manual" for their new purchase. I think it's important to ask the inspector if there are any serious flaws that are likely to be expensive to correct. I also like to get the inspector's opinion on what items need immediate attention, what can be deferred, and what to look out for over time. ... more
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Thu Jan 17, 2013
Helen Yuen answered:
Are you driving? Get easy to follow directions at www.maps.google.com and click on get directions.
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Wed Jan 16, 2013
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
That's hard to tell based on this information only. If the price is unbelievably low, it may be a scam. If the owner is out of the country it probably IS a scam. If the owner wants you to wire transfer money for the security deposit and first month's rent, just walk away! The best defense for any tenant against scams is to work with a realtor. ... more
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Wed Jan 16, 2013
Keith Jean-Pierre answered:
I would not suggest it because if you get a ticket, trying to prove that the meter was broken would be more of a hassle than it is worth.
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Tue Jan 15, 2013
Bill Eckler answered:
More dangerous than what? It would be wise to consider anything more dangerous during time of distaster.
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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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