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An update for San Francisco landlords, property managers, and real estate practitioners
In a recent talk at the St. Francis Yacht Club, Daniel provides an update on a complicated regime facing investors and real estate professionals in the city.
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Broad-ranging updates on legal issues impacting landlords, property managers, and real estate professionals. Although some information is outdated, the core approach in managing landlord-tenant relationships is timeless.
Handling crime, violence, and domestic incidents in rental units
Whenever there is dysfunction in society, it will inevitably spill into rental units. The foremost obligation of landlords and property managers is to keep tenants and neighboring tenants safe and so whenever criminal acts or domestic violence, it must be proactively addressed.
The obligation of San Francisco landlords to report information to the Rent Board as part of a new regulatory regime beginning July 1, 2022 →
Oakland's impending rent registry: What we know at this early juncture, what we don't know, and what we must do now →
Handling disputes in commercial tenancies and future-proofing your commercial real estate business →
SECURITY DEPOSIT DEDUCTION GUIDE
When a tenant is on their way out, rest assured that the first thing they think about even before they how to fit a huge sofa down the stairs is if and when they will get the security deposit back.
What is normal wear and tear, and what constitutes damage beyond normal wear and tear? Depicted in this chart.
Guide to Rent & Eviction Controls throughout the Bay Area
The Bay Area is home to the most stringent tenant protections anywhere and ignorance of the law will be at the perils of landlords, property managers, and real estate professionals.
When we began our legal careers, we had to only contend with three local ordinances. Now, rent control and eviction safeguards have mushroomed to several other locales, with no indication that the spread will not continue.
IN-DEPTH: TENANT BUYOUT AGREEMENTS
Under a compliant, properly negotiated tenant buyout agreement, the tenant voluntarily vacates the unit in exchange for compensation, a rent waiver, the return of the security deposit, or any combination of incentives. Our office brokers these deals all the time.
For many clients in certain jurisdictions, a tenant buyout may be the only vehicle to effectuate a vacancy when there are no other convenient or legal means to evict.
IN-DEPTH: RESPONDING TO HOARDING
Sometimes, a rental unit can go beyond being unkempt and cluttered. The squalor can present serious egress and public health issues that must be proactively addressed
Landlords and property managers need to take immediate action and this may involve reaching out to outside agencies to address the underlying problem.
Learn how to make sense of this vexing issue and how to react →
IN DEPTH: ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS: THESE PINT-SIZED UNITS CAN CREATE BIG PROBLEMS
Despite their charm, the planning and construction of ADUs can be fraught with problems. If the unit is being rented out, there are a host of legal concerns. If the landlord is renting out an illegal unit, there are even more minefields to navigate.
IN-DEPTH: SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE ACT (COPA)
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