Category: Rent Increases

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

Do I Have to Sign a New Lease?

A common question we get from tenants is whether or not they have to sign a new lease. Depending on the situation signing a new lease may be obligatory or it may be completely inappropriate. In this article we discuss the various considerations. Tenants Cannot Refuse to Sign a Lease that is Materially Similar or the Same Under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, refusal to sign a new lease “for... Read More

The Ballot Initiative Tenants Need to Know About

Proposition 10 will be on the ballot this November Proposition 10, known as the Affordable Housing Act, will be on California’s state ballot this November 6. What is Prop 10 and why should you care about it? Well, Prop 10 seeks to repeal one of the most draconian housing laws ever enacted in California, namely the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. If Prop 10 passes, cities and counties in California... Read More

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