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I forgot to add, if the whole building is up for sale, or just one unit, and you're thinking your landlord might kick you out, talk to a landlord/tenant attorney. You'd be amazed at what kind of power you (as tenant) hold over your landlord when it comes to eviction.


Discount for Buying an Apartment I've Been Renting? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
11/13/09 12:59 AM

Holy hell that was a nightmare getting in to comment. Seems every handle is taken...anyway. Just wanted to say thanks to burnttoast for the link.

Yep, I tell it like it is. Truth be told, I own a lot of real estate, but rent in SF. I also am HEAVILY invested in the stock market. You could say I don't believe 95% of what my colleagues tell me. I'm an anomaly. For example, all the Palo Alto agents I've been dealing with lately tell me their market is going gang busters...yet a TON of property is sitting on the market. And most of my colleagues in SF are telling me (and all of their clients) we hit bottom. Not quite (IMO).

To answer the original question. Expect nothing. Unless you signed the lease with an "option" to buy, often referred to as "rent to own" or "lease option", forget it. Your landlord owes you nothing, and you have nothing to stand on. Your rent $ was as good as flushed down the toilet. However, if your landlord is nice, they might work with you, so as I always say, "It never hurts to ask."

Good luck!

alex (the editor of theFrontSteps)


Discount for Buying an Apartment I've Been Renting? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
11/13/09 12:57 AM

Ahhh. Comments working for me now. Damn those email registrations! Anyhow. Just wanted to say this person's dining room table is sweet! My wife and I just had it hand me downed from my grandma that passed away. It is mint, except for a few water stains.

Those Wegner chairs (so it looks from the photo) are nice, but the ones we got from grand mums are way sweet danish modern. If I could put a photo here I would. The fabric was beat up so we re-upholstered them and now they're absolutely sweet. My hand is throbbing from the staple gun though.

This house is sweet too!


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11/29/07 06:48 PM