Costa Hawkins v. Section 1.21

I have an 80-year-old tenant that I have not seen in six months, though he continues to send rent checks postmarked from outside SF. The phone has been disconnected and the locks have been changed. I have posted a note on the door requesting a new set. The note was removed one month later but

Guidelines for Additional Key Sets

A tenant wants her boyfriend of six months to move in and asked me for another restricted access building key for him. If I permit the move-in, how do I give her the key without establishing him as a master tenant? The rent law was amended in 2005 to allow tenants to request and receive

Should Everyone Sign the Lease?

We have two subtenants who are going to sign a new lease as master tenants. The third subtenant has elected to remain off the lease and stay a subtenant of the two other tenants. Is there anything we need to do about this third tenant to protect ourselves down the line? Or is he entirely

When My Tenant Wants Her Dog Sitter to Move In

My tenant is going to travel for several months and wants a friend to move in as a “dog sitter” while he is gone. What should I do? Tenant must obtain the prior written approval of Owner if an invitee or guest of Tenant will be present at the Premises for more than fifteen (15)

Can I Rent My Condo Out Without Being Under Rent Control?

I own a three-unit building which I converted to condominiums. I have never sold any of the units; but I live on the top floor and rent out the other two units. If I moved out of my top-floor flat, would it be subject to rent control? The short answer is “yes,” both the rent limitations and eviction

When a Tenant Moves In His Girlfriend

My tenant asked me, via email, if his girlfriend can move in. If I say yes, does that waive my right to raise the rate to market rent if he eventually moves out and she stays? How should I respond to his email? If you have no objection with the girlfriend moving in, or there