San Francisco Fire Ordinance Updates

Supervisor Tang’s disclosure ordinance has been revised from its onerous requirements, which were put into effect this year.  The new ordinance is an abbreviated version of the old one and requires that owners comply by January 1, 2018. The new requirements are as follows: Owners of buildings with three or more dwelling units are required… Read More

New Bed Bug Notification Laws

As you may have heard, there is a new state law for bed bugs (Civil Code Sec. 1954.603) that requires giving notice to both new and existing tenants. Prospective tenants must be given the notice by this July 1, and existing tenants must be given the notice by January 2018. While the bed bug addendum… Read More

 California Apartment Association Working to Passthrough Legislation to Support Landlords

The California Apartment Association is working with the California State Legislature to passthrough legislation that would benefit landlords. Several pro-housing bills made progress this week by making their way out of their respective committees. Legislation affecting density, including the legalization of in-law units, is included in the legislation, which would make it easier for property owners… Read More

New Landlord Laws for 2016

Along with the new year and resolutions, always comes new laws for landlords.  Below, please find a summary of those new laws that may affect you. AFFORDABLE HOUSING Community Revitalization Authority Assembly Bill 2 (D-Alejo) AB 2 allows specified “disadvantaged” areas of California to create a new entity called a Community Revitalization Investment Authority. The… Read More

San Francisco 2015 Ballot Issues that Affect Landlords

The November 3 ballot is teeming with issues with outcomes that will affect property owners.  While several of the propositions seem worthy of your vote on the surface, digging a little deeper reveals that the result of their passage may not have the intended effects.  See how Lingsch Realty voted below. Prop A: Affordable Housing… Read More

Preparing for El Nino

El Nino is a weather pattern produced by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific. The El Nino phenomenon is associated with extreme weather around the globe. In California, it typically means a wet winter with higher than normal rain levels. An El Nino is predicted for this winter continuing into 2016. In order… Read More

Break-Ins Are on the Rise: Why and How You Can Keep Your Building Safe

Break-ins both home and auto are on the rise. I have been in this business for 13 years and had one break in in my career, until last year. Since then, it seems almost monthly I hear of an incident from a tenant or client about some crime on their property. Some things I’ve experienced… Read More

Give a Tenant an Inch, They’ll Take a Mile…And More!

While we all try to get the best tenants possible, occasionally a bad one slips through the cracks, or we may purchase a new building and inherit such a tenant. They may pay their rent late, create nuisances for other tenants or create safety hazards in the building. While it can be a frustrating and… Read More

In a Wave of Bad New for Landlords, A Small Victory for a Lingsch Realty Client

I truly love my job and count my blessings each day for the wonderful opportunity my grandfather bestowed on me. However, I would be remiss if I did not confess that the current media portrayal of the rental market and tenants’ sense of entitlement frustrates me. From tenants’ unwillingness to cooperate with construction that will… Read More

What is the Ellis Act?

The Ellis Act has taken center stage in San Francisco real estate media in recent months. While those evoking the Ellis Act or tenants displaced by the Act are well versed in what it is and what it means, bystanders may not. I would like to give a brief overview of the law and current… Read More