Subdividing a Home

I own a single-family home, which I use as an office, but live elsewhere. I rent out the bedrooms, but there is no master tenant. Does my building fall under rent control? Many owners mistakenly believe that single-family homes are exempt from rent control.  In most instances, if the home was built before June 13,

Rent Board Report: The Domesticated Kangaroo

As a teenager in the 1980s, growing up within a family heavily involved with San Francisco apartment buildings, I was taught that the Rent Board was a forum of tenant advocacy, a place where owners were demonized, and an administrative body with secret rulings and procedures. In essence, the property owners would often term it a

Foreclosure Responsibilities

My building is going be foreclosed. What is my responsibility to my tenants after the bank takes control of the building? Do I need to warn them before the building is taken? Many apartment buildings in San Francisco are being transferred to banks and other financial institutions as a result of the dire economy. In January


Tenants Secure Passage of Law Limiting Owner’s Ability to Take Away Services and Amenities Effective July 27, 2006, the San Francisco rent law is amended to provide that a landlord may not take away a tenant’s use of garage facilities, parking facilities, driveways, storage areas, laundry rooms, decks, patios, or garden access without “just cause.”