Tenant Buyouts

With the legal decision on Prop. M, what is the status of tenant buy-outs? Our industry attorneys, John Baba and Clifford Fried, successfully sued the City over Proposition M, the Tenant Harassment Law, after its passage by the voters in November 2008. The Court’s decision, which may or may not be appealed, strikes the words “ulterior

Rebate Warning

A WARNING ABOUT RENT REBATES AND INCENTIVES In the midst of our Great Recession, rents in the City have finally begun to soften. As jobs disappear and bonuses dry up, the vacancy rate persistently inches upwards. Ever eager to fill empty units and to compete for quality tenants, owners around town have begun, once again, the campaigns

A WARNING ABOUT RENT REBATES AND INCENTIVES

In the midst of our Great Recession, rents in the City have finally begun to soften. As jobs disappear and bonuses dry up, the vacancy rate persistently inches upwards. Ever eager to fill empty units and to compete for quality tenants, owners around town have begun, once again, the campaigns of rent gimmicks, incentives, freebies, and the

Heat Ordinance

A tenant informed me that his steam heater was not working. The plumber found no problem with the heater, but did find that the heater was covered in dust and that the tenant’s curtains were conveying the heat toward the window. With the dust and curtains removed, the heater worked fine. Since there was nothing

When a Tenant Dies

A tenant’s death terminates the tenancy. However, the owner generally does not regain possession of a rental unit immediately after the death. Instead, there may be several issues to confront before the unit can be re-rented. First, if there are any questionable circumstances surrounding the passing, the County Coroner’s Office and/or the Police Department will seal off

Pet Policy Q&A

There are no dogs allowed in my building. The other day a tenant came in with a dog. When I confronted him about it, he said the dog was a comfort pet for a visiting friend. (The friend was not in evidence at the time.) What are the rules regarding visitors’ comfort pets? If the