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Can Your Landlord Increase Your Rent For Having A Baby?

When California tenants remain in their unit long-term, they often settle in by acquiring more possessions, ingratiating themselves in the neighborhood, making their house a home, and, frequently, having children.  Many landlords find tenants with children problematic and prefer not to rent to families.  Where long-term California tenants have, adopt, ...

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As A San Francisco Tenant, Can My Landlord Say No To Overnight Guests?

Be it a significant other, a friend too drunk to drive, or a family member visiting from out-of-town, allowing an overnight guest to spend the night is a valuable privilege many San Francisco tenants do not value until renting from a landlord that says no to overnight guests. But, can ...

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San Francisco Rent Ordinance § 37.10B: The San Francisco Tenant Harassment Ordinance

The San Francisco Tenant Harassment Ordinance seeks to protect San Francisco tenants from harassment perpetrated by unscrupulous landlords and designed to force families from their homes.  By protecting every rental unit in San Francisco and providing a private right of action, the San Francisco Tenant Harassment Ordinance is a powerful ...

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San Francisco Rent Board Publishes 2.3% Allowable Annual Rent Increase Taking Effect in 2022

The San Francisco Rent Board announced the allowable annual increase for rent increases between March 1, 2022 and February 28, 2023.  Rent increases for San Francisco tenants living in rental units covered by the San Francisco Rent Ordinance’s rent control provisions are capped at 2.3% during this time.  With certain ...

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In San Francisco, It Is Legal to Store Your Own Stuff in Your Garage

San Francisco tenants can store more than just a car in their garage. While Section 603 of the San Francisco Housing Code ostensibly limits garage use, “only for storage of automobiles,” the law also exempts garages in dwellings, apartments, and residential hotels. San Francisco Housing Code § 603.  In 2014, ...

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San Francisco Rent Ordinance § 37.13: How San Francisco Tenants Obtain Additional Keys

The San Francisco Rent Ordinance is clear, landlords must provide a minimum of one key or key set for each adult occupant without charge. San Francisco Administrative Code § 37.13.  However, the law also outlines how San Francisco tenants can obtain additional keys or key sets, and what actions San Francisco tenants ...

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