Rental Housing Law

By Daniel Bornstein | Get dialed into the evolving laws and regulations germane to Bay Area rental housing providers.

Managing Resident Manager Relationships and Staying Compliant With the Law

When resident managers feel aggrieved, the current climate is rife for costly litigation. These onsite managers are becoming more sophisticated in …

Housing

Airbnb Dodges Bullet By Getting Big Lawsuit Dismissed

Airbnb’s steely legal team is no stranger to litigation, whether defending an array of lawsuits around the globe or bringing their own fight to …

Hospitality

Lock Lock, Who’s There?

What landlords should know about changing keys.<p>Locks and key devices have been around for time immemorial, first discovered in the ruins of Nineveh, …

Real Estate

Income Discrimination a Potential Source of Litigation For Landlords

Finding a model tenant who pays rent on time, studiously cares for the rental unit, and is a good neighbor can be a challenging endeavor, driving …

Housing

Many Oakland Landlords in Section 8 Housing Looking to Jump Ship

Whoever came up with the clever phrase that a rising tide lifts all ships clearly did not have Section 8 housing in mind.<p>In the currently red-hot …

Housing

Domestic Violence: A Vexing Issue for Rental Housing Providers

It’s been said that home is where the heart is. But what happens when the heart is broken, and an aggressor poses a foreseeable threat to other …

Housing

Five Surefire Ways To Lose An Unlawful Detainer Action

Perhaps one of the most thankless and trying, but necessary duties of a landlord is evicting tenants when the tenant violates one of the covenants of …

Housing

Laws That Govern Roommate Arrangements & Landlord Rights

The Chief Economist for Redfin predicts that rising prices, an uptick in rates, and higher property taxes will lead to more roommate arrangements due …

Reasonable Accommodations For Disabled Persons In Rental Housing

We’ve seen an uptick in lawsuits by tenants and their attorneys as of late, and a common denominator? Many of these suits could have been avoided if …

What Landlords Need To Know About Service Animals

After a fleeting post we shared a while back regarding service and comfort animals, we were surprised by the reaction it generated. At the time, we …

Habitability Issues Can Tank A Just Cause Eviction Action

Failing to provide a safe, sanitary and secure residence is an affirmative defense a tenant or their counsel can raise to contest rent obligations or …

Law Surrounding Accessory Dwelling Units, Aka ‘Granny Flats’

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), colloquially known as in-law units or granny flats, are gaining popularity throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Once …

California Landlords Can Put The Kibosh On Cannabis In Rental Units

Although California has given adults the green light to ingest marijuana and grow it at home, Bay Area residents have another hurdle to …

San Francisco Tenant Buyout Agreements

In the heyday of tenant buyout agreements, it seems that our office negotiated at least a buyouts each and every day. Although not as common …

Sexual Harassment A Timely Topic For Rental Housing Industry

Sexual harassment is a timely topic for the real estate industry, as a pantheon of celebrities fall from grace for alleged acts of lewd conduct. As …

Racial Slur Brings Airbnb Discrimination Into Focus

By Daniel Bornstein, Esq.<p>There’s never a dull moment with Silicon Valley’s most prized unicorn. Airbnb made the national spotlight again, this time …

Exemptions To Rent Control For “Substantial Rehabilitation” Work

Oakland and San Francisco are in a rather exclusive club, being among a small group of rent controlled jurisdictions allowing landlords to exempt …

Housing Discrimination Often Begins With Fielding Tenant Applications

By Daniel Bornstein, Esq.<p>Having managed thousands of landlord-tenant relationships, we can attest to the deteriorating mental health of clients that …

2018 Changes Impacting The California Real Estate Industry

By Daniel Bornstein, Esq.<p>With the tailwinds of a Democratic super-majority, the Governor Jerry Brown’s pen has been busy. As Sacramento closes the …

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Landlord-Responsibilities-Natural-Disasters

<b>Landlord Responsibilities In Wake of Natural Disasters</b><p>Do you know what would happen with your rental property, residents, and employees if you find …

Hoarding Fair Housing Laws

<b>Fair Housing Laws May Apply When Evicting a Tenant Hoarder</b><p>When we commence an unlawful detainer action in hoarding situations, it is not uncommon …

Danny Glover Airbnb

<b>Danny Glover The New Face In Airbnb's Campaign To Promote Diversity</b><p>As pioneers in the ever-evolving laws relating to short term rental agreements, we …

Tenant Hoarder Evictions What Landlords Need To Know

<b>What Landlords Need To Know About Tenant Hoarding</b><p>In our last post, we urged landlords and property managers to take immediate steps to correct …

Wrongful Eviction Insurance

<b>Wrongful Eviction Insurance To Protect Against Tenant Lawsuits</b><p>We have seen an uptick in lawsuits initiated by disgruntled tenants that have been …

2018 Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act Repeal

<b>Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act Facing Repeal Efforts</b><p>With California’s acute housing shortage, lawmakers served up a package of bills that would go …

ab 646 landlord flooding disclosures

<b>Bill Requires Landlords To Issue Additional Disclosures In Flood Zones</b><p>Assembly Bill 646 was signed by Governor Brown on October 5 and mandates rental …

San Francisco OMI Eviction Updates | Owner Move-In Evictions

We wanted to remind landlords of the changes that have taken place not so long ago with San Francisco Owner Move-In Evictions, also known as OMI, or …

California landlord law ab 291 immigration

<b>New Legislation Affords Greater Protections To Immigrant Tenants</b><p>Immigration was a divisive topic in 2017, but California has been the capital of …