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San Francisco Anti Harassment Proposition M

San Francisco Anti Harassment Proposition M (a) No landlord, and no agent, contractor, subcontractor or employee of the landlord shall do any of the following in bad faith or with ulterior motive or without honest intent: 1. Interrupt, terminate or fail to provide housing services required by contract or by State, County or local housing, health or safety laws; 2. Fail to perform repairs and maintenance required by contract or by State, County or local housing, health or safety laws; 3. Fail to exercise due diligence in completing repairs and maintenance once undertaken or fail to follow appropriate industry repair, containment or remediation protocols designed to minimize exposure to noise, dust, lead, paint, mold, asbestos, or other building materials with potentially harmful health impacts; 4. Abuse the landlord’s right of access into a rental housing unit as that right is provided by law; 5. Influence or attempt to influence a tenant to vacate a rental housing unit through fraud, intimidation or coercion; 6. Attempt to coerce the tenant to vacate with offer(s) of payments to vacate which are accompanied with threats or intimidation; 7. Continue to offer payments to vacate after tenant has notified the landlord in writing that they no longer wish to receive further offers of payments to vacate; 8. Threaten the tenant, by word or gesture, with physical harm; 9. Violate any law which prohibits discrimination based on actual or perceived race, gender, sexual preference, sexual orientation, ethnic background, nationality, place of birth, immigration or citizenship status, religion, age, parenthood, marriage, pregnancy, disability, AIDS or occupancy by a minor child; 10. Interfere with a tenants right...

Illegal Units

If you have rented or rent an illegal unit contact us to recover damages. Depending on where you are and the facts and circumstances surrounding your rental you may not have to pay rent if you rent an illegal unit. An illegal unit is not the same as a unit that has problems with heat or mold or other issues but is generally one that was constructed without permits from the city. The San Francisco Rent Board, a great reference for any landlord tenant issue, identifies the following regarding illegal units. Topic No. 253: Renting an Illegal Unit A rental unit that is not a legal unit with the City is nevertheless subject to the Rent Ordinance unless exempt for another reason. To determine if a unit is legal, you will need to review the relevant public records at the Department of Building Inspection. Tenants in illegal units who contact the Department of Building Inspection to report code violations should be aware that the inspector might cite the owner for having an illegal unit. In such cases, this means that the unit may have to be demolished or removed from residential use because it cannot be brought up to code requirements. Demolition or permanent removal of the unit from housing use is a “just cause” for eviction under the Rent Ordinance. However, the landlord must first obtain all necessary permits to remove the unit before an eviction notice can be given. The eviction notice must comply with the requirements of the Rent Ordinance as well as state...

San Francisco Rent Board Decisions and Advice

The San Francisco Rent Ordinance regulates rents and evictions for certain residential rental units in San Francisco. There is no commercial rent control in San Francisco. The Rent Board’s primary function is to conduct hearings and mediations of tenant and landlord petitions regarding the adjustment of rents under the City’s rent control laws. The Rent Board also investigates Reports of Alleged Wrongful Eviction, although the Rent Board’s authority in such matters is limited since only the Court can decide whether an eviction is legal. The Rent Board cannot arbitrate matters that are not part of the Rent Ordinance. For example, the Rent Board does not have jurisdiction to adjudicate alleged breaches of a rental agreement, which must be decided in court. The Rent Board also cannot hear cases concerning issues of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, as such matters are outside of its jurisdiction. The Rent Board’s website is an invaluable resources with a tremendous wealth of information regarding tenant’s...

Tenants: Talk to an Attorney Before Vacating Your Apartment

In a time when rents are skyrocketing, landlords are trying to replace long term rent controlled tenants with new higher paying tenants.  They try threats, intimidation and other tactics including small buy out offers.  Before considering next steps talk with an attorney who can assist you in reviewing your options.  There are many capable attorneys in the Bay Area, including the attorneys at the Hooshmand Law Group, who can assist you.  Thankfully there are very strong protections for tenants’ rights even if you have already vacated as a result of the landlord’s actions.  It is imperative that if you are facing any sort of threat, in receipt of a 3 day notice, or in the midst of a lawsuit that you contact an attorney...
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