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Tenant Buyouts in the Time of Covid

Are Landlords Offering Tenant Buyout During the Pandemic?
A tenant buyout is an agreement where a tenant agrees to vacate their unit in exchange for cash. Although rents have dropped significantly in San Francisco during the pandemic, landlords continue to approach tenants about buyouts. The impact of Covid-19 has drastically altered the rental landscape. Between the shelter in place orders in effect, the many Bay Area residents fleeing the area because of the availability of remote work, and the moratoriums putting a temporary halt to most...

Getting A Rent Reduction Due the Pandemic

Should I Get A Rent Reduction Due to Amenities Shut Down Because of the Pandemic?
Can I Get A Rent Reduction Due to a Loss of Amenities?  With some many businesses and services being shut down due to the pandemic, it's likely that you haven't been able to use common areas in your apartment complex like the gym facilities or even the roof top garden for several months. And you didn't even get to use the pool or jacuzzi during the warm summer months. Yet, you are still paying your same monthly rent....

Breaking Your Lease During the Pandemic

Breaking Your Lease During the Pandemic
You decide to relocate to another town because your job is now done remotely. Or you've just bought a house. Or you've just been laid off. There are plenty of great reasons you are now looking into breaking your lease. However, none of these good excuses are necessarily legally valid. Even in the time of Covid-19, reasons related to the pandemic are not necessarily a legal basis for breaking your lease; the same laws are in effect. You...