Like the poodle in the microwave, tenants have urban legends. If you are a tenant, don’t get sucked in by common tenant misconceptions.
Toleration of the use of surveillance cameras everywhere—the slowly boiling frog approach to an “inevitable” societal slide into a police state. As long as we accept, without question, a surveillance state, the short answer to your question is: no, there isn’t much that can be done.
If a tenant is uncomfortable with other terms buried in a a lease, he or she will usually acquiesce to them because the amenities are acceptable and the price is right—like clicking the button agreeing to terms when one buys something online or accepting new Facebook terms.
The impending sale of a building these days, even 24-unit building like yours, should concern tenants. An impending sale also provides them an opportunity to connect, organize and take power.
Even if you live on the bottom floor with a view of a dirty alley and top floor has an unobstructed view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the tenant upstairs will be safe from an OMI eviction if he or she pays more rent. These MBA-bean-counting-investors don’t want to “live” here; they want to get rich here.
Adding roommates to your lease in San Francisco is a much easier process these days. As long as you are not seeking to add more than two occupants per sleeping room, it’s very tough for a landlord to refuse your request.
In Tenant Troubles I will still give you the law, straight up. When the law is not on your side, I’ll also urge you to remember your old music, to let your DNA unravel, to undadulterate, to get pissed off and get political
Can tenants rely upon Democrat legislators to repeal Costa Hawkins? Not unless tenants remind them that failure will result in endless assault.
Why would you hire landlord lawyer who is ambivalent about your rights–a landlord lawyer who will use your money to evict other tenants?