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Rate Your Landlord And Neighbors With Swapt, A Yelp For Apartment Renters

The website Swapt claims to ease some of the anxiety that comes with apartment hunting by providing renters with reviews that cover over 500,000 apartment units throughout the nation.

06/30/2014

A sign advertising an apartment for rent is displayed in a window in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Rent Board Swamped As Rents, Evictions Rise

Amid sky-high rents and a flood of evictions, the San Francisco Rent Board is unable to keep up with the overwhelming number of housing complaints.

05/27/2014

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San Francisco Tenants Outraged Over Lower-Haight Property Manager’s Costly Rental Requirements

Tenants at a rent-controlled apartment building in San Francisco’s Lower-Haight neighborhood say they’ve received notice from their landlord that they need to prove an annual income of $100,000 in addition to a high credit score.

05/06/2014

Vacancy Rate For U.S. Apartments Reaches Highest Rate In 20 Years

KCBS Cover Story Series: Through the Roof – Solutions To SF’s Housing Crunch

In the fifth and final part of our special Cover Story Series, KCBS reporter Doug Sovern looks at several proposed solutions to the housing crunch, which all may take some time to make a difference as Bay Area rents and home prices keep rising.

12/20/2013

Vacancy Rate For U.S. Apartments Reaches Highest Rate In 20 Years

KCBS Cover Story Series: Through The Roof – Rip-Offs, Cons Plague Bay Area Rental Market

In part four of the KCBS Cover Story Series, “Through the Roof,” Doug Sovern looks at some of the rip-offs and cons that have plagued Bay Area renters during the latest boom.

12/19/2013

A sign advertising an apartment for rent is displayed in a window in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SF, SJ Among Top 10 Cities For Renting Rather Than Buying A Home

You’ve been told time and time again that buying a home is a better financial option than renting. But that’s not true everywhere.

05/22/2013

A foreclosure sign hangs on a fence in front of a foreclosed home on April 6, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Oakland Rental Company, Non-Profit Renting Back Foreclosed Homes

They are fixing up the homes and then leasing them to tenants, who are given credit counseling, budget advice and credit towards buying the house themselves.

06/08/2012

A sign advertising an apartment for rent is displayed in a window in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

New Scam Targets Bay Area Renters

Bay Area renters need to be aware of a new scam popping up online. Some properties are being offered at rock-bottom rents by people who neither own, nor have control over, the properties.

12/15/2011