New Year, New Landlord Laws

As always, the new year brings new laws that landlords must follow. This year brings laws that make it easier for developers to modify exisiting properties, build on commerical sites, and build denser housing. For those laws, please visit the California Association of Realtors’ site. Some laws that specifically affect landlords are summarized below: Assembly… Read More

Did You Know? Departing Tenants Can Rescind their Notice to Vacate at Any Time–Which May Leave You Liable to a Planned Future Tenant

Many of our clients ask us to show their upcoming vacancies prior to the current tenant moving out. This obviously minimizes downtime, and therefore increases our clients’ bottom lines. However, did you know that the exisiting tenant can unilaterally rescind their 30-day notices to vacate at any time before they move out? And that signing… Read More

What to Know about Rent Reductions in a Rent-Controled Jurisdiction

During the initial days and months of the COVID-19 pandemic, our clients, desperate to get vacant apartments rented in a slow market, yet knowing the pandemic was temporary, and a market recovery imminent, were racking their brains for creative solutions to get their vacant units rented, while avoiding permanently low base rents. We heard all… Read More


With so much tenant turnover during 2020 and a quick rent recovery, you may find that some of your newer tenants are already paying below market rents. In addition, you may still be recovering from the financial hardship of having to improve your properties to attract new tenants while having a slim rent roll. Now… Read More

San Francisco Rent Board’s Housing Inventory and Fee Portal Now Active

Legislation passed in 2021 requires owners of residential housing units in San Francisco to begin reporting certain information about their units to the Rent Board. The Rent Board will use this information to create and maintain a “housing inventory” of all units in San Francisco that are subject to the Rent Ordinance. The secure reporting… Read More

Landlord Frauds and Scams: What to Watch Out For

Redfin has compiled advice for tenants on avoiding rental scams. Read the article featuring Lingsch Realty here.

Application Deadline for Rent Relief Has Passed: What does this mean for landlords?

With the state-wide rental assistance application deadline passed, what does that mean for landlords who are currently owed rent, or whose tenant fall behind in the coming months? Read more.

With Return to Office Orders Forthcoming, Who is Coming to San Francisco and What do we Need to Attract Them as Renters?

As we saw a mass exodus from San Francisco during the 2020 pandemic, we also saw a transition in who our tenants were.  They went from 1) roommates living in communal spaces to single people escaping their roommates for the first time for the privacy of studios and one-bedroom apartments; and 2) couples cozying up… Read More

How is Rent Relief Really Playing Out

Many of you may have heard of the federal, state and local rent relief programs available to tenants and landlords. The funding for this program comes from the Federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which was passed on December 27, 2020. This act established the Emergency Rental Assistance Program with $25 Billion in rental assistance… Read More

What Tenants Want in Today’s Market

With the COVID-19 Delta variant keeping many city activities off the table and employers constantly shifting return-to-office policies, many tenants are still identifying their apartments as a live-work oasis, as opposed the crash pad it once was.  In addition, with the complete shut down in the near recent past, tenants aren’t soon going to forget how much time they were forced to spend at home, and therefore continue to be picky about their abodes.

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