Support Animals

January 2, 2014

It is unlawful for a landlord to unreasonably deny a disabled tenant a support, emotional support, or service animal or attempt to evict or refuse to rent to a disabled tenant with a support or service animal. A landlord is also prohibited from requiring pet rent or pet deposits for support or service animals. Under […] Read More

Commercial Leases

July 13, 2013

Basic Business Operations – Ensure you can operate your business profitably from the premises. Look for advantages and trapdoors in leases: Permitted Uses: This clause enumerates how you are allowed to use the rented space. By implication, it makes activities outside the scope of this clause out-of-bounds. Negotiate for broad language or a method that […] Read More

Unlawful Rent Increase

November 15, 2012

Under the Rent Ordinance, a tenant’s rent can only be increased annually by sixty percent of the Bay Area cost of living adjustment. San Francisco Rent Ordinance § 37.3(a)(1). Any rent increases that does not conform to this requirement is void. San Francisco Rent Ordinance § 37.3(b)(5). A tenant is permitted to recover rent overpayments […] Read More

Housing Discrimination

November 23, 2010

Housing Discrimination Claims Under California law, landlords, master tenants, realtors and property managers are prohibited from discriminating against tenants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, source of income or disability.  Gov’t Code § 12927(a) and Civil Code § […] Read More

Proving Bad Faith OMI

November 16, 2010

Researching Your Landlord — Proving Bad Faith in an Owner Move-In Eviction or Capital Improvements Eviction (OMI is also sometimes referred to as relative move-in, OMI, LMI, or landlord move-in eviction) The best way to fight an Owner Move-In Eviction is to find out everything you can about the owner and the owner’s relatives, if […] Read More

San Francisco Just Cause Eviction

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