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Second-Hand Smoke Woes

I own a 15-unit building that is completely non-smoking. I have received complaints from a tenant that she occasionally smells smoke, but cannot tell which unit it is coming from. I have sent non-smoking reminders to all tenants. Do I have any legal responsibility to do anything if I find out who is smoking? Or

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Why Tenants Should Not Make Repairs

My tenant broke the large picture window in the living room. I obtained a quote for $1500 from a licensed contractor. The tenant obtained quotes between $500-$600. Which quote do I use? Every landlord should always oversee and administer repairs and maintenance to apartments. This duty should never be delegated to the tenant. Owners often

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Why We Do Not Use 6.14 Notices

Title: Subtenant Safety Author: David Wasserman Dek: For the last five years, SFAA’s advice to owners regarding subtenants has remained the same: the less you know, the better. Word Count: 1,700 The following is an excerpt from an SFAA membership announcement I co-wrote with three of my colleagues, Clifford Fried, Saul Ferster and Curtis Dowling,

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Don’t Accept Rent from Subtenants

I have two tenants in one of my units, only one of whom is on the lease. When a recent rent payment was due, I accepted payment from them both, though the tenant who is not on the lease did not pay all the rent that she was supposed to. From now on, can I

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Comfort and Service Animal Issues

I have a prospective tenant who wants to move into a vacant unit and she has a comfort pet. Her financials are good, but I’d rather rent to another tenant whose financials are just as good but who doesn’t have a comfort pet. Can I do so without it seeming like I’m discriminating against the

Notes on Chiu Airbnb

Does the Chiu Airbnb legislation override the provisions against this kind of subletting in the SFAA lease? The short answer is “no,” it does not, as more fully explained below. On October 7, 2014, the Board of Supervisors passed legislation sponsored by Board President David Chiu that allows tenants and owners to rent their primary