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Do I Have to Sign a New Lease?

A common question we get from tenants is whether or not they have to sign a new lease. Depending on the situation signing a new lease may be obligatory or it may be completely inappropriate. In this article we discuss the various considerations. Tenants Cannot Refuse to Sign a Lease that is Materially Similar or the Same Under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, refusal to sign a new lease “for materially the same terms ” is one of...

Can Your Landlord Spy on You?

The use of surveillance cameras by landlords may be legal. It also may constitute tenant harassment. Whether surveillance cameras are permissible depends on many factors, including location and use. Common Areas vs. Personal Space Tenants have a right to privacy in their home. Landlords cannot use cameras to track a tenant’s personal life. Pointing cameras at a tenant's private space can be a breach of a tenant’s quiet enjoyment, or tenant harassment. Landlords have a duty to provide...

The Ballot Initiative Tenants Need to Know About

Proposition 10 will be on the ballot this November Proposition 10, known as the Affordable Housing Act, will be on California’s state ballot this November 6. What is Prop 10 and why should you care about it? Well, Prop 10 seeks to repeal one of the most draconian housing laws ever enacted in California, namely the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. If Prop 10 passes, cities and counties in California will be able to design tenant protections tailored...