Category: Rent Increases

Five Tips for Negotiating A Covid-19 Rent Reduction

Top 3 Tips for Negotiating Covid-19 Rent Reductions

Who doesn't want a rent reduction?! With rising vacancies and eviction moratoriums triggered by the pandemic, San Francisco renters are finally in the driver's seat when it comes to negotiating rent reductions. Landlords are cutting rent by 10 or 20 percent, offering gift cards, free rent, or other incentives for signing a new lease. This might be your chance to take advantage of the climate. Even with this leverage, you... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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