Tenant Troubles: Why On Earth Would I Have To Pay My Building A $200 Move-Out Fee?
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Tenant Troubles: Why On Earth Would I Have To Pay My Building A $200 Move-Out Fee?

I’m a 31-year-old female who has been living in the same apartment since August 2011. My apartment was a two bed/two bath unit in a…

Tenant Troubles: Can My New Landlord “Bank” My Rent Increases From Before She Owned My Home?
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Tenant Troubles: Can My New Landlord “Bank” My Rent Increases From Before She Owned My Home?

I live in a house in San Francisco with three apartments, built before 1979. I’ve lived in my apartment for 10 years, I am 44 and…

Tenant Troubles: Is It Legal For My Landlord To Change The Terms Of My Lease After 12 Years?
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Tenant Troubles: Is It Legal For My Landlord To Change The Terms Of My Lease After 12 Years?

Readers: This is a question I received last night with a plea for a quick response, as the reader has to answer his landlord in…

Tenant Troubles: Why Is My Landlord Demanding A $150 Late Fee?
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Tenant Troubles: Why Is My Landlord Demanding A $150 Late Fee?

I am a 25 year old woman who has been living in a rent-controlled apartment in a six unit building for about 1.5 years.  My…

Tenant Troubles: Can My New Landlord Take Away My Storage Space?
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Tenant Troubles: Can My New Landlord Take Away My Storage Space?

My building is two units over a garage and storage space. Originally, the basement was divided 50/50 between apartments but apparently the landlord didn’t give…

Tenant Troubles: Is The Rule Of Seven Really A Thing?
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Tenant Troubles: Is The Rule Of Seven Really A Thing?

Is there some type of seven-year rule that benefits landlords if they do not raise the rent for seven years and then increase it all…

Tenant Troubles: If I Need To Break My Lease, Am I Responsible For Finding A New Tenant?
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Tenant Troubles: If I Need To Break My Lease, Am I Responsible For Finding A New Tenant?

I had a chaotic experience the first time moving into an apartment. We were first told by the onsite manager that we got the apartment,…

Tenant Troubles: I Think I Was Overcharged For My Security Deposit, Can I Get That Money Back?
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Tenant Troubles: I Think I Was Overcharged For My Security Deposit, Can I Get That Money Back?

I recently moved into a rent controlled building in SF.  During the application process, an erroneous community judgement appeared on my credit report, and despite…

Three Tenant Troubles: Roommate Rousting, Co-Tenant Challenges, Condo Craziness
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Three Tenant Troubles: Roommate Rousting, Co-Tenant Challenges, Condo Craziness

I’m the master tenant in my three-bedroom apartment. Me and one other roommate are unhappy with the third roommate for a number of reasons I…

Tenant Troubles: Do I Really Get A Lifetime Lease If My Apartment Becomes A Condo?
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Tenant Troubles: Do I Really Get A Lifetime Lease If My Apartment Becomes A Condo?

I live in San Francisco in a four unit rent-controlled building (currently a TIC). I’ve lived here for a couple of years (had a one…

Tenant Troubles: My Landlord Wants Me To Add My Boyfriend To My Lease. Do I Have To?
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Tenant Troubles: My Landlord Wants Me To Add My Boyfriend To My Lease. Do I Have To?

I moved into the apartment I’m renting about six months ago. The building was constructed in the 1950′s and there are two apartment units in…

Tenant Troubles: How Can I Avoid Getting Screwed By Landlords Pulling Application Fee Scams?
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Tenant Troubles: How Can I Avoid Getting Screwed By Landlords Pulling Application Fee Scams?

I have been looking for my own apartment in Oakland for several months, but I think my question would apply for San Francisco as well…

Tenant Troubles: Did Gavin Newsom Make It Harder For My Boyfriend To Move In With Me?
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Tenant Troubles: Did Gavin Newsom Make It Harder For My Boyfriend To Move In With Me?

I recently came across this post from 2011. I’m facing a similar situation (though haven’t gotten to the stage of asking my landlord yet, just…

Tenant Troubles: A “Just Cause” Eviction Does Not Mean “Just ‘Cause Your Landlord Said So”
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Tenant Troubles: A “Just Cause” Eviction Does Not Mean “Just ‘Cause Your Landlord Said So”

I am 26 years old and living in a four-unit three-story building in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. Two other roommates and I…

Tenant Troubles: My Roommate’s Moving Out, Now My Landlord Wants To Increase The Rent By 50%
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Tenant Troubles: My Roommate’s Moving Out, Now My Landlord Wants To Increase The Rent By 50%

I live in Noe Valley SF in a rent controlled apartment. I have been at this apartment for four years. The lease is in my…

Tenant Troubles: Can My Landlord Give A 24-Hour Notice For Entry That Lasts All Week?
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Tenant Troubles: Can My Landlord Give A 24-Hour Notice For Entry That Lasts All Week?

Can a landlord state a whole week 9:00am – 5:00pm to enter under California Civil Code Section 1954, 24-hour notice? For the first four days,…

Tenant Troubles: Is My Landlord Lying To Tenants And Claiming They Don’t Have Rent Control?
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Tenant Troubles: Is My Landlord Lying To Tenants And Claiming They Don’t Have Rent Control?

My wife and I (both in our 60s) rent a one bedroom apartment in a 12-unit building in lower Russian Hill, built in the 20’s. …

Tenant Troubles: We’re Basically Paying Our Master Tenant’s Rent. That’s Wrong, Right?
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Tenant Troubles: We’re Basically Paying Our Master Tenant’s Rent. That’s Wrong, Right?

I am a 26-year-old female and have been living in an old Victorian apartment in a six unit building in Nob Hill for the past…

Tenant Troubles: Can My Landlord Refuse To Add My Domestic Partner To My Lease?
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Tenant Troubles: Can My Landlord Refuse To Add My Domestic Partner To My Lease?

I have been the only tenant (master tenant) of my rent controlled studio apartment in San Francisco. I moved in alone in July 2009. The…

Tenant Troubles: I Only Have An Oral Lease, May I Sublet A Room In My Apartment?
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Tenant Troubles: I Only Have An Oral Lease, May I Sublet A Room In My Apartment?

I live in a rent-controlled flat, where I have no written lease prohibiting subletting (I’ve lived here for 22 years). I don’t get along with the…

Tenant Troubles: My Landlord Is Selling The House I Live In, Do I Have To Move Out?
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Tenant Troubles: My Landlord Is Selling The House I Live In, Do I Have To Move Out?

My husband and I live in a two-bedroom single-family home in San Francisco, a cottage built in 1922 (no in-law unit, no garage, just a…

Tenant Troubles: Why Won’t My Landlords Take A Rent Check From My Husband-To-Be?
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Tenant Troubles: Why Won’t My Landlords Take A Rent Check From My Husband-To-Be?

I moved into my apartment in February 1, 1995 with my partner. At the time the building was co-owned by two families, The Os and…

Tenant Troubles: My Neighborhood’s Too Dangerous, Can I Break My Lease?
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Tenant Troubles: My Neighborhood’s Too Dangerous, Can I Break My Lease?

In July, my wife and I moved out of a great roommate situation in San Francisco into our first apartment as a couple in Oakland’s…

Tenant Troubles: Do I Have To Keep Using The Crappy Furniture That Came With My Apartment?
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Tenant Troubles: Do I Have To Keep Using The Crappy Furniture That Came With My Apartment?

I am a tenant in lower Nob Hill. My building is more than 50 years old. I live in a studio apartment that I signed…

Tenant Troubles: Do I Have To Move Out If The Condo I’m Renting Goes On The Market?
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Tenant Troubles: Do I Have To Move Out If The Condo I’m Renting Goes On The Market?

I have lived in a 1905 era condo (that is, non rent controlled, but eviction controlled) for three years. My lease is up in October…