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…

Tenant Troubles: Is There A “What Lies Can We Get Away With This Month?” Group For Landlords?
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Tenant Troubles: Is There A “What Lies Can We Get Away With This Month?” Group For Landlords?

As we’re getting ready to move out of our house, the landlady is telling us that she doesn’t have a deposit to return to us…

Tenant Troubles: Does My Unusual Lease Mean My Landlord Can Hang Out In My Apartment?
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Tenant Troubles: Does My Unusual Lease Mean My Landlord Can Hang Out In My Apartment?

I have an interesting one for you. I recently moved into a classic Victorian house with 4 other roommates in SF. We all have separate…

Tenant Troubles: Why Won’t My Landlord Discuss My New Lease With Me?
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Tenant Troubles: Why Won’t My Landlord Discuss My New Lease With Me?

My roommate (master tenant) is moving out of our apartment on July 31st. She’s had rent control since 2007 and we are paying far under…

Tenant Troubles: You May Not Have To Sign That Lease, But Here’s Why You Should
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Tenant Troubles: You May Not Have To Sign That Lease, But Here’s Why You Should

We have lived in our rented house for two years and five months. We signed a year lease for the first two years, but as…