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Archive for December, 2014

Legal Q & A Garage Conversions – by Franco Simone, Esq.

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Q:  My wife and I are considering converting our garage into a room to rent for extra income. What are the basic requirements in order to avoid any legal issues? [...]

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Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman, Attorney

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Question 1: Did San Francisco just pass a new law prohibiting tenant “buyouts”? [...]

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Legal Q & A – By Dennis Block, Attorney

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Question One: I rented a unit to a couple on a one year lease. Recently, the woman informed me that the couple had a fight and that the boyfriend went to jail for spousal abuse. At this point, one month’s rent is due. She informed me that she has moved from the unit as she is afraid [...]

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Driveway Encroachments and Disputes and An Update on Documentary Transfer Tax – By Dale Alberstone, Esq.

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Hello everybody.  Owners of older apartment buildings frequently find that the widths of their driveways are too narrow to accommodate today’s SUVs, trucks and other large passenger vehicles.  In order to traverse the driveway from the front to back, tenants often have to drive their cars beyond the edge of the [...]

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Great Victory for San Francisco Landlords!! – By The Pacific Legal Foundation

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The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) challenged San Francisco’s new “Relocation Assistance Payment Ordinance,” because it required rental property owners to pay their tenants oppressive and unconstitutional sums of money before the owners can regain personal use of their property — money the tenants can use for any private purpose they wish. [...]

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A Landlord’s Christmas – By. P.A. Harris

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T’was the eve before Christmas and all through the night,

I tossed and I turned and then turned on the light. [...]

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Proposition G, a Bad Law, Goes Down to Defeat – By Peter Reitz

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On November 4th, San Francisco voters, by a decisive 54% to 46% margin, said NO to Prop. G!

The draconian so-called “anti-speculation law” would have added onto the current transfer tax [...]

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Smallest Rent Hikes in City History Considered A Victory as Rent Freeze is Avoided – By the RSA Reporter

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Despite intense pressure and advocacy from Mayor Bill de Blasio and other major New York City elected officials, the City Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted against a projected rent freeze and approved the lowest rent increases in City history at the RGB Final Vote in June. [...]

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Six Success Secrets of a $22 Billion Dollar Family – By William Bonner

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Gerard Mulliez is often called the Sam Walton of France.

The Mulliez (pronounced Mool-yay) family got started in textile manufacturing 200 years ago. By the 1950s, the textile industry in France had collapsed. So, Gerard boldly took the family out of textiles and invested what was left of the family fortune in [...]

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Benefits of Hiring a Property Manager For Your Single-Family Investment – By Cliff Hockley

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Buying a single-family investment as a real estate purchase has been a well-established financial strategy for thousands of years.  You purchased or inherited a home or condominium and now you have to figure out how to get your arms around it.  Perhaps you were transferred and don’t think it is time to sell [...]

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