Dave Crow

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Tenant Troubles: My washer broke — should I sign a lease?

In San Francisco, if you don't have a lease it may be harder for the landlord to evict you.

Tenant Troubles: Can I add two roommates? Should I?

Is it a good idea to move out, sort of, but keep a rent-controlled unit by subletting to new "roommates?"

Tenant Troubles: How do I get my roommate to leave?

It's not easy -- and it shouldn't be. Hiring a lawyer and doing an eviction is expensive and ugly, so look for other options

Tenant Troubles: Can my landlord refuse to let me have a service animal?

In many cases, no -- but be careful about the paperwork

Tenant Troubles: Do landlords really have a secret ‘Rule of Seven?’

The occult background of a rule that has no actual basis in law or policy

Tenant Troubles: Can a landlord take down my TV dish?

It depends on where you put it -- and what rights you have to the use of that space.

Tenant Troubles: Can my landlord spy on me?

In our surveillance society, a security camera may not be an invasion of privacy.

Tenant Troubles: Do we have to sue to get our deposit back?

Actually, yes. Wishin' and hopin' (and some phone calls) won't get you anywhere.

Tenant Troubles: Can I get in trouble for breaking a lease?

I'm finding myself in the position of looking for an apt for the first time in a long time. I thought I ought to...

Tenant troubles: My building is for sale — what should I do?

These days, even larger apartment buildings aren't exempt from the threat of evictions. Here are some tips to protect your rights.