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Common But Unenforceable Bay Area Lease Terms

Common But Unenforceable Bay Area Lease Terms
It was the apartment of your dreams, so you signed the lease without giving it much thought. But now there are problems. And you don’t know what to do. Afterall, you signed the lease and now you have no choice. Not so fast. A lease is a contract and as such, it must be in accordance with the rules of contract law. One of the principles of contract law is that certain statements or policies can't be a...

San Francisco Renters & COVID-19 Updates

San Francisco Renters & COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of life. The economic ramifications have especially affected one of our basic needs—housing. Although the current situation has given some renters more leverage in the Bay Area housing market; that is not the case for those struggling to keep up with rent payments because they've been laid off or furloughed. Fortunately, there have been numerous laws and special orders passed on the local, state, and national level in response to the...

Common Types of Bay Area Tenant Harassment

Common Types of Tenant Harassment
Like all relationships, the landlord -  tenant relationship can take various forms. Often, it can have an adversarial tone to it and sometimes it's just the usual ups and downs. But other times, it can go too far if the landlord crosses the line into tenant harassment. Sadly, it's not unusual for landlords to harass their tenants to get them to leave, especially if they have rent and eviction control. Specifically, the San Francisco Rent Ordinance defines this...