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In San Francisco, what are options for removing tenants w/o evicting them?

Asked by sgmils (8points) July 28th, 2008

I’m thinking of buying a two-unit SF house in which one of the units is occupied by a renter. What are the options for removing tenants or motivating them to move without evicting them? If I offer to buy them out and we have a binding contract, can they then refuse to move and force me to evict them? Where can I learn more? Thanks in advance.

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poofandmook's avatar

I don’t know a whole lot about this, but I would think that if that person has a lease, it’s with the landlord, not the structure. So if the landlord no longer owns the property, the lease would become void, wouldn’t it? You just wouldn’t re-new. Of course, the renter would probably have a lawsuit with the previous owner for breach of contract, but you shouldn’t be responsible.

Am I way off base here?

marinelife's avatar

If you do not want to consult an attorney who specializes in these matters, I think your best bet is to start here, The Califnornia Landlord Tenant Organization, which offers a lot of resources for you to research including:

California Landlord’s Law Book,
Vol. 1: Rights and Responsibilities,
9th ed., by David Brown. Berkeley,
CA: Nolo Press, 2003.

jballou's avatar

Ask the current owner if you can get a copy of the lease he has with that tenant. If the lease is almost up, all you have to do is wait and give them 30 days notice that you won’t be renewing their lease.

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