Articles & FAQs

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Holding Title to Your San Francisco Home

FAQs – Holding Title to Your San Francisco Home:
- What do “Joint Tenants,” “Tenancy-in-Common” and “Community Property” Mean?
- What are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Each?
- Can a Trust be a Joint Tenant?
- Can How I Hold Title Affect my Property Taxes?
- What are Grant Deeds, Quitclaim Deeds and Warranty Deeds?
- What is a Revocable Transfer on Death Deed?

Condominium Conversion in San Francisco

FAQs – Condominium Conversion in San Francisco:
- Why Should I Convert My Property to Condominiums?
- Is My Property Eligible for Conversion?
- What is San Francisco’s new Expedited Condominium Conversion Program?
- What are the City’s new Lifetime Lease requirements?
- Which Properties Bypass the Expedited Conversion Program?
- How does the City’s Tenant Protection Legislation Affect Conversions?
- What Building Code Work Will I Need to do to Convert?
- What Will My Conversion Cost?
- What are the “Tenants Rights” Rules?
- How Long does the Conversion Process Take?
- Does My Lender have to Approve My Conversion?
- Must I Refinance After Conversion?
- Will Conversion Increase My Property Taxes and Insurance Premiums?
- Will My Unit Remain Subject to Rent Control After Conversion?

Resolving Small Condominium Disputes

FAQs – Resolving Small Condominium Disputes
- How Much Do CC&Rs Matter?
- What Are HOA “Rules” and What Happens when Rules Conflict with CC&Rs?
- Who Can Enforce Condominium Laws?
- Is Condo Dispute Resolution Expensive?
- Mediation or Arbitration?
- What Can I Do to Reduce the Risks of Condominium Ownership?

Managing Small Condominium HOAs

FAQs – Managing Small Condominium HOAs
- How Are Condominium Laws Enforced?
- Do CC&Rs Get “Stale?”
- What Happens When HOA Rules Conflict with CC&Rs?
- Must HOAs Be Incorporated?
- Must HOAs Maintain Reserves?
- What Annual Reports Must HOAs Issue?
- Do HOAs File Income Tax Returns?
- What Insurance Must HOAs Carry?
- Can HOAs Ban Smoking?
- Can HOAs Restrict Owners from Selling or Renting Their Units?
- Are Condominium Units Subject to Rent Control?
- What Disclosures Must HOAs Provide to Condominium Buyers?

Tenancy in Common in San Francisco

FAQs – Tenancy In Common in San Francisco:
- What is a Tenancy In Common (TIC)?
- Why are TICs so Popular in San Francisco?
- What are the Risks of TIC Ownership?
- How are TICs Organized?
- How are TIC Percentage Interests Determined?
- How have TIC Mortgages Traditionally been Shared?
- What is Different about “Fractional” TIC Mortgages?
- What Should be Included in a TIC Agreement?
- Can I Sell My TIC Interest?
- How are Fractional and Group Mortgage TIC Re-Sales Financed?
- What are the State Requirements for Larger TICs?

Resolving TIC Disputes

FAQs – Resolving TIC Disputes
- Are TICs & Condos the Same?
- Who Makes the Rules for Condos and TICs?
- How do the Differences Between TICs & Condos Affect Disputes?
- What are the Most Common TIC Disputes?
- What are Forced Sale and Partition?
- What Can I Do to Reduce the Risks of TIC Ownership?

Landlord-Tenant Issues in San Francisco

FAQs – Landlord-Tenant Issues in San Francisco
- Is My San Francisco Residential Rental Property Subject to Rent Control?
- What Happens After a Lease Term Expires?
- Do Foreclosure Properties Have Different Rules for Rent and Eviction Control?
- What Fees and Expenses Can Be Passed Through to Tenants?
- When Can I Enter the Tenant’s Unit?
- What Are the Rules on Security Deposits?

Tenant Evictions in San Francisco

FAQs – Tenant Evictions in San Francisco:
- Is My San Francisco Residential Rental Property Subject to Rent Control?
- What are the Rent Increase Limitations of Rent Control?
- What are the Eviction Restrictions of Rent Control?
- May I Evict My Tenant so I (or a relative) Can Reside in My Property?
- May I Evict a Tenant from My Condominium?
- What Can I Do if the City Orders Me to Remove an Unwarranted In-Law Unit?
- May I Ask My Tenant to Vacate so I Can Remodel the Unit?
- What Is the Ellis Act?
- Can I Evict “Protected Tenants” with the Ellis Act?
- How Are Single-Family Homes Treated Differently?
- Are Tenant “Buyouts” Legal?
- What Effect Will an Eviction Have on a Future Condominium Conversion?

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