Learn more about common landlord-tenant issues and find out about all the latest developments in housing and eviction law by keeping current on our latest blog posts. Each post we tackle a different issue relevant to Bay Area tenants.  In addition be sure to check out Daniel’s column “Ask a Tenant Lawyer” on the site Broke Ass Stuart. Have a suggestion for a topic? Contact us to let us know what you want to read about.

Protecting Your Tenancy from Rent Increases

If you have rent control your landlord can't give you a rent increase above two or three percent a year right? Not exactly. Enter Rent Board Rules and Regulations Section 1.21 . Section 1.21 allows a landlord to raise a tenant's rent to market rate where the tenant no longer uses their home as their "principle place of residence." Our office regularly represents tenants in rent increase disputes at the Rent Board. What is a 1.21 Petition? Section...

Pet Rules: Support Animals, Service Animals and Pets

In most cities, tenants don’t have to choose between finding a nice place to live and having a pet. Here in the Bay Area though, where the housing market is so tight, it’s a whole different story. In this article we explain the different local rules surrounding pets, support animals, and service animals for tenants. "No Pets" Lease Provisions Landlords have a right to prohibit tenants from having pets in their apartments. Because there is such high demand...

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...