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Top 3 Tips For Getting Your Security Deposit Back

Top 3 Tips For Getting Your Full San Francisco Security Deposit Back
When you become a renter, you almost always have to pay a security deposit to the landlord before you move in. This payment is used to cover unpaid rent, reasonable cleaning costs and costs for repairing any damage (beyond the "normal wear and tear") that you, your guests, or your pets made to the property. Although this seems straight forward, there are many instances where a renter doesn't get back their security deposit or only gets a portion...

Renting in the time of Covid: Dealing With Noise & Construction

For most of us Covid-19 that means spending a lot more time at home. It also means being more aware of noise and what is going on in your building. For tenants, this is leading to new problems with neighbors and landlords. So, whether your upstairs neighbor is learning to play the tuba or your landlord is doing construction San Francisco tenants face new challenges. Here’s how to identify if your noise complaint is legitimate and what you can...

Four Things Every Tenant Should Know About San Francisco Buyout Agreements

Did you know that there are laws in San Francisco regulating tenant buyout agreements? The San Francisco Rent Board tracks buyouts as a result of a law passed on March 7, 2015.  Effective April 6, 2020, San Francisco has expanded its buyout rules. In this article, we break down the new changes and give you the top four things every tenant should know about the law. What is a Buyout? A tenant buyout is when a landlord pays...