There have been a lot of recent changes in laws that govern landlord-tenant relationships in San Francisco.
One of the most notable is SB655.
The California Apartment Association did a marvelous job of limiting certain provisions in SB 655.
It is cheaper and easier to listen to your tenants’ issues and respond to them.
A polite, responsible discussion among adults can usually correct mold related problems. However, if routine maintenance is neglected for many years and there are multiple roof patches, etc., etc., then yes, it’s going to get expensive.
The only thing landlords have to sell is time (occupancy). If the “polite, respectful discussion” collapses into screaming and threats, expect it to cost everyone a lot of money. You loose the tenants and have a vacant unit. Your insurance goes up. The City can become a costly issue to repairs.
Yes, some tenants that will say anything when they can’t pay the rent. And yes, a few tenants that will allow thirty people to live, shower and cook in a studio apartment (this is guaranteed to cause mold growth). But there are also landlords that don’t repair toilets for rent controlled tenants, so there is poo all over the floor.
You can’t clean up the mold with bleach. All it will do is lighten the paint – the mold will return. You have to find and fix the leak.
You can reduce interior humidity from showers and cooking by installing a humidistat bathroom fan. This is wired by your electrician and goes on anytime the interior humidity exceeds 52%. This will create a less favorable environment for mold to grow. It’s noisy. But it works. There is no off switch.
We also encourage you to visit the unit of concern and see for yourself.
Then give us a call to discuss your specific issues.