Housing Culture

Common SF Rental Speak

As the city of San Francisco is quite unique, so are the housing options. Here are some typical San Francisco renting options and terminology that you will most likely encounter during your housing search. 

Housing Lingo Description

Lease Terminology Description

Housing VocabularyFactors that Increase Rent Newly remodeled appliances or areas of the home/apartment Hardwood floors  Close and easy access to public transportation  Desirable location (near popular area, beach, tourist attractions, view, natural light, etc.)  Garden or rooftop access  Ability to own and to live with furry friends (especially dogs); pets also limit housing options  Parking and/or laundry facilities included with the apartment rent Additional Information The advantage of living in an old apartment building--as compared to a modern building--is the potential for lower monthly rent and a sense of "character" to the space that modern buildings may lack. Disadvantages may include but are not limited to a smaller space with fewer amenities and the potential for appliances to break down more easily.   An apartment vacancy tends to have a very short window of opening before a landlord drafts a lease to fill that space. If you are interested in a property, don't waste time. Complete an application as soon as you are able to.   Property managers will typically not "hold" an apartment. Once a lease agreement is signed, the rent and/or security deposit is due immediately to finalize the transaction.   As this is a competitive housing market, it is important to demonstrate to the property manager and/or landlord that you are a responsible and respectful person. Carrying a folder of your financial information along with a renters resume is highly recommended.