Evictions from San Francisco homes have increased to levels not seen since the early 2000s, while the cost to rent continues to climb.
There were 1,757 eviction notices filed with the San Francisco Rent Board from March 1, 2012, to Feb. 28, 2013, a 12-year high. The prior year, there were 1,395 notices recorded. The Rent Board tallies figures from March 1 to Feb. 28, unlike the regular fiscal year that runs from July 1 to June 30. Read More
Stage, film and television star Taye Diggs can explain to his son “how I met your mother” by showing him a movie.
The movie is 2005’s “Rent,” adapted from the late Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical riff on the opera “La bohème.” Read More
I am writing to express my disappointment and sadness about the poor ethics and greed of real estate agents in San Francisco. Read More
Rent costs are on the rise in San Francisco and San Mateo County due to a sluggish homeownership market and housing demand from tech industry workers opting to rent instead of buy, according to new data compiled by Novato-based RealFacts.
Compared to second-quarter data from 2010, rents rose 8.6 percent in San Francisco and 9.3 percent in San Mateo County, for monthly averages of $2,400 and $1,800 respectively. Read More
A spat over rent led to stabbing Saturday, police said.
The roommates say they are friends, but their argument over the apartment bills became violent in the 400 block of Eddy Street around 11:50 p.m., police said.
A 40-year-old white man stabbed his 67-year-old roommate in the hand before fleeing, police said. As of Monday, the attacker has not been arrested, police said.
The victim suffered a minor laceration, police said. Read More
WHAT: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $18,736 monthly rent for San Francisco district offices is the highest in the lower chamber of Congress and almost double the runner-up, a Manhattan congressman.MOVING UP: Pelosi’s rent quadrupled when she moved from the Burton Federal Building — after 20 years — into a one-third larger space at the newer federal high rise on Seventh Street, just south of Market Street. Read More
Voters sided with landlords on a measure that aimed to help renters in tough economic times.
Proposition F, known as Renters’ Financial Hardship Applications, was placed on the ballot to amend the residential rent ordinance to allow tenants to postpone rent increases if they become unemployed, their wages decrease by 20 percent or more or if they do not receive a cost-of-living increase in their government benefits and it’s their only income. Read More
Anthony Rapp doesn’t hesitate in describing why the hit show "Rent" has become a modern classic.
"The music is incredible and the characters are identifiable and familiar," he says. "There’s truth in the story — people connect to it."
But, Rapp says, "It’s hard for me to be totally objective." Read More
Bay Area native Greg Wimmer owns 11 units spread across three buildings in upscale neighborhoods. But currently, just four of them are used to house renters.
That’s because Wimmer decided to take a handsome but neglected seven-unit, 95-year-old building in Nob Hill off the rental market — by evicting the tenants — after he bought it in 2002. Read More