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Tenants’ Privacy Rights: What You Need to Know

What You Should Know About Tenants' Privacy Rights
These days we give up a certain degree of privacy just so that we can perform basic duties, enjoy certain benefits, and generally live our lives. However, it's one thing to sacrifice a few inconveniences online, but it is entirely different to have essential privacy rights violated in the comfort and sanctity of your own living space. Your right to privacy is a fundamental renting right. General Privacy Rights Prior to renting, potential tenants give the landlord financial...

What Constitutes Tenant Sexual Harassment?

What Everyone Should Know about Tenant Sexual Harassment
When the term "sexual harassment" comes up, it's often in the context of employment, such as the ubiquitous #Metoo movement. However, a predator can sexually harass an individual in many settings besides the workplace. This includes when someone is renting or purchasing property. Californians are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act, as well as the California Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA). These acts forbid landlords/owners (which refers to private individuals, property management companies, housing providers) and their...

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...