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What if My Apartment is Illegal?

Advice for tenants in illegal units
One issue that we see come up frequently involves “illegal” units. Many tenants have no idea that they live in an illegal unit or what that might mean. Whether your apartment is illegal or not can be significant and impact your tenancy and rights. Illegal units are residential dwelling units that lack a “certificate of final completion and occupancy.” Certificates of occupancy are issued by the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection. If an apartment has a certificate...

Rent Gouging

Rent control is a tremendous benefit to tenants. However, there are those master tenants who take advantage of the high cost of rent in the Bay Area by overcharging roommates. While some tenants may feel they have a right to charge a roommate whatever they want, the Rent Ordinance expressly forbids master tenants from rent gouging. Here we offer a breakdown of the laws on this issue and some suggestions on how to handle the situation if you...

How to Add or Replace a Roommate Without Getting Evicted

In a city where the average one-bedroom apartment goes for $3400 a month, many San Franciscans have roommates to help pay the rent. But, what happens if your roommate moves out? Can you just replace them? What if you want to add an additional roommate but haven’t had one before? We address these questions and more in our latest blog post on San Francisco's Broke Ass Stuart:  https://brokeassstuart.com/blog/2018/01/25/add-new-roommate-replace-one-without-getting-evicted/