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Landlord/Master Tenant Relations

What are my rights as a landlord to request information from a master tenant about who else is occupying the unit? You may request anything you want. Compelling a response is a different story. There is no law that requires a tenant to divulge personal information to the landlord. Management often asks, “Can’t we require

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When Departed Son Tries to Take Over Parents’ Lease

A long-term tenant has passed away. His adult son, who previously lived in the apartment with his parents but now lives with his family in his own home, has taken over the below market rate lease. He claimed his intention had always been to return to the apartment eventually. Is there anything I can do

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Rent Rebates and Other Gimmicks

My longtime tenant recently discovered that a newly placed tenant across the hall is paying $200 less than him in monthly rent, so he asked for a rent reduction. May I agree to a temporary rent reduction? What about offering him a rebate instead? Despite what may have been stated at a recent SFAA membership

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Landlord’s Obligation to Tenants Displaced by Fire

What is a landlord’s obligation to a tenant who is displaced from a rental unit because of a fire or other disaster? Many tenants have been displaced recently because of building fires.  Undoubtedly, there will be a major earthquake someday that could potentially displace thousands of tenants.  The Rent Board’s Rules and Regulations, Section 12.19,

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Understanding the Key Law

My apartment building has restricted high-security front door keys that tenants are unable to duplicate on their own. One of my tenants who rents the studio apartment with her name only on the lease is asking for an additional key for her boyfriend. Are we obligated to make the extra key? If we gave the

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Letting a Friend Stay in Your Apartment When You Travel

I own two flats. I live in one and rent the other. I plan on traveling to Europe for two months this summer and would like to sublet my owner’s unit to help cover the costs of my trip. A friend of  mine is interested in renting my unit for the summer. However, I’ve been