Legal Questions and Answers – by Dennis Block

Question One: I have a tenant who states that he and his roommate are getting sick from mold. He happened to call me on the day rent is due and refuses to pay until I have this remedied. I did have a leak in this unit, which I immediately fixed by removing part of the…

Housing-Related Bills Pending in the State Legislature for 2018 – by San Francisco Small Property Owners Association

AB 1796 (Muratsuchi D) Rental Property: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Current law requires a lessor of a dwelling to approve a written request of a lessee to install an electric vehicle charging station at a parking space allotted for the lessee in accordance with specified requirements. It exempts dwellings that are subject to the residential…

Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman

Question 1: We had a tenant break his 12-month lease and move out after only one month. We sent a letter explaining that he must pay rent until we find a suitable replacement and received a letter back from his attorney stating that since the gentleman’s income comes solely from Social Security he is considered…

After Billions in Tax Increases, Californians Deserve a Tax Cut – by Jon Coupal and Vince Fong

For millions of Californians, the state has been rendered unaffordable because of foolish and counter-productive policies emanating from Sacramento. A shocking one-third of California renters spend at least half of their take-home pay on rent, and only 40 percent can afford to purchase a median-priced home. Little wonder then, that one in five Californians lives…

Did You Know? – by Attorney Dennis Block

Tenant Death Under California law, if a tenant dies in your unit, you must disclose this fact to perspective applicants for a three-year period. The only exception is if the tenant died of aids. Sex Crimes It is considered discriminatory not to lease to persons guilty of sex crimes IF you learned about their convictions…