Smoking in an Apartment Building

June 18, 2018

Can landlords prohibit tenants from smoking cigarettes? Yes. Landlords have the right to prohibit smoking of cigarettes or other tobacco products in and around a rental property as long as it is written into the lease agreement. CAL. CIV. CODE § 1947.5. Many leases ban smoking of any kind, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and marijuana. E-cigarettes [...] Read More

Aging in Place

June 17, 2015

Few decisions are as important and personal as choosing your home. As we grow older, where we choose to live takes on an even greater level of importance and complexity. As Americans continue to live longer, more seniors are choosing to remain in their homes. According to AARP, ninety percent of seniors want to age [...] Read More

San Francisco Ellis Act Evictions

December 13, 2010

Ellis Evictions Under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance The Ellis Act allows a landlord to take a building off the rental market. See Cal. Gov’t Code § 7060. All units in the building are removed from the rental market, even units without tenants. The rental restrictions are on current and all subsequent owners. The landlord [...] Read More

San Francisco Just Cause Eviction

November 16, 2010

Eviction Protection in San Francisco If your apartment building was built before 1979 and has two or more units, then you are covered by the San Francisco Rent Ordinance.  The Rent Ordinance gives two protections:  rent protection and eviction protection.  Under the eviction protection portion of the Rent Ordinance, the landlord can only evict for [...] Read More