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How to Resolve a Notice of Violation in the Bay Area

How to Resolve a Notice of Violation in the Bay Area

For property owners and landlords in the San Francisco Bay Area, dealing with a Notice…

What is the Minimum Ceiling Height for a Legally Recognized Unit?

What is the Minimum Ceiling Height for a Legally Recognized Unit?

Whether building a brand new unit on your property, converting an existing structure, or trying…

Our 3 Step Guide to Selecting a Property Management Expert Witness

Our 3 Step Guide to Selecting a Property Management Expert Witness

When considering retaining the services of a property management expert witness to help your case,…

Accessory Dwelling Units in California: Frequently Asked Questions

Accessory Dwelling Units in California: Frequently Asked Questions

The signing into law of AB 68, AB 881, and SB 13 in 2019 has…

Will building an ADU subject me to rent and eviction controls?

Will building an ADU subject me to rent and eviction controls?

Adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to your property is a great way to increase…

How Much Does Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit Cost?

How Much Does Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit Cost?

For property owners in the Bay Area, adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to their…

Accessory Dwelling Units Can Be a Great Investment – Here’s What You Need to Know

Accessory Dwelling Units Can Be a Great Investment – Here’s What You Need to Know

For many property owners, adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) can be a great way…

How to Find the Right Real Estate Brokerage  Service

How to Find the Right Real Estate Brokerage Service

Whether buying or selling real estate, going it alone can be a risky proposition. For…

3 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent in Oakland

3 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent in Oakland

As one of the nation's most expensive markets, shopping for real estate in the Bay…

What is An Expert Witness?

What is An Expert Witness?

Many cases that make it to litigation are understandably complex. When a case involves specialized…

Why Your Real Estate Expert Witness Should Hold the CPM (Certified Property Manager) Designation

Why Your Real Estate Expert Witness Should Hold the CPM (Certified Property Manager) Designation

When issues arise between landlords and tenants, settling a dispute can be tricky. If handled…

3 Reasons to Consult a Real Estate Expert Witness on a Habitability Complaint or Wrongful Eviction

3 Reasons to Consult a Real Estate Expert Witness on a Habitability Complaint or Wrongful Eviction

One of the most common disputes in real estate concerns the habitability of a property.…

Things to Consider When Selecting a Real Estate Expert Witness

Things to Consider When Selecting a Real Estate Expert Witness

As a landlord-tenant real estate attorney, there may inevitably come a time when you need…

ADUs can be taxing, but not as much as you think

ADUs can be taxing, but not as much as you think

Thanks to a new set of state laws signed in late-2019, California property owners can…

COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020: What it Means for You

COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020: What it Means for You

August 31, 2020 marked the last day of the annual legislative session in California, and…

Adding Value to Your Real Estate with ADUs

Adding Value to Your Real Estate with ADUs

Many of our clients own rental property in rent and eviction-controlled jurisdictions. Adding value means…

The Importance of Permitted Work on ADUs

The Importance of Permitted Work on ADUs

Don't need no stinkin' permit? Think again. You’re ready to get on the ADU bandwagon.…

Oakland City Council Passes New Tenant Protections

Oakland City Council Passes New Tenant Protections

The Oakland City Council this week passed multiple updates to the city's major tenant protection…

City of Berkeley Discusses Hillside ADUs and Fire Risk

City of Berkeley Discusses Hillside ADUs and Fire Risk

Image: Joe Parks from Berkeley, CA / CC BY As we await more news on…

Single-Family Homes and Rent Control: Owens v. City of Oakland

Single-Family Homes and Rent Control: Owens v. City of Oakland

What you need to know based on the new Appellate Decision in the case of…

COVID-19 Updates for Bay Area Landlords

COVID-19 Updates for Bay Area Landlords

With new announcements coming out at various levels of government each week, it has been…

SB 1410 Proposes an Emergency Rental Assistance  Program

SB 1410 Proposes an Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Landlords across the state were alarmed this past month to read the details of Assembly…

Answering Your Questions on AB 828 and Potential Alternatives

Answering Your Questions on AB 828 and Potential Alternatives

With a prolonged forecast for a full return to normal from the Covid-19 pandemic, state…

Oakland Considering Changes to Further Limit Condo Conversions

Oakland Considering Changes to Further Limit Condo Conversions

Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb is recommending modifications be made to the city's condominium conversion…

Oakland Moving To Exempt Certain Owner-Occupant Landlords from Business Tax

Oakland Moving To Exempt Certain Owner-Occupant Landlords from Business Tax

The Oakland City Council has passed an ordinance aimed at exempting some small landlords from…

Berkeley Developing Amnesty Program for Illegal Secondary Units

Berkeley Developing Amnesty Program for Illegal Secondary Units

The Berkeley City Council voted on Wednesday night to move forward with the development of…

Emergency wildfire ordinance limits rent increases to 10% ahead of statewide rent control

Emergency wildfire ordinance limits rent increases to 10% ahead of statewide rent control

As we near the January 1st implementation of new statewide rent control and eviction protections,…

Active Military Get Break on Security Deposits Under New State Law

Active Military Get Break on Security Deposits Under New State Law

Starting January 1, 2020 landlords in California will be limited in how much they can…

New California law requires 90-day notice for rent increases over 10%

New California law requires 90-day notice for rent increases over 10%

The biggest news from the end of California's 2019 legislative session was the passage of…

Landlords Statewide Must Now Consider Section 8 Applicants

Landlords Statewide Must Now Consider Section 8 Applicants

Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 329 into law, which will make…

Understanding San Francisco’s Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA)

Understanding San Francisco’s Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA)

Earlier this month, the City of San Francisco implemented the first iteration of its Community…

California’s New Tenant Protection Act: What You Need to Know

California’s New Tenant Protection Act: What You Need to Know

Updated OCTOBER 8, 2019 — With his signature on Assembly Bill 1482 today, Governor Newsom…

Alameda Adopts Urgency Ordinance for Just Cause Protections

Alameda Adopts Urgency Ordinance for Just Cause Protections

The Alameda City Council voted this week to adopt an urgency ordinance—effective immediately—that will provide…

ADU Bills Head for Passage in California Legislature

ADU Bills Head for Passage in California Legislature

Accessory dwelling units (or ADUs for short) have become one of the more popular solutions…

San Jose Landlord Being Sued for Claimed Owner Move-in Eviction

San Jose Landlord Being Sued for Claimed Owner Move-in Eviction

A San Jose landlord is being sued after evicting tenants in 4 different units under…

Oakland Landlords Lose Challenge on Relocation Payments

Oakland Landlords Lose Challenge on Relocation Payments

An Oakland couple who paid nearly $7,000 to move back into their home after military…

Oakland Provides Additional Information on Sidewalk Point-of-Sale Ordinance

Oakland Provides Additional Information on Sidewalk Point-of-Sale Ordinance

As we reported last month, the Oakland City Council voted on July 9, 2019 to adopt…

Court of Appeal Declines Landlord’s Petition in Ellis Act Eviction Case

Court of Appeal Declines Landlord’s Petition in Ellis Act Eviction Case

The First District Court of Appeal has decided not to hear the case involving a…

Single-Family Homeowner Appeals Rent Control Ruling

Single-Family Homeowner Appeals Rent Control Ruling

As anticipated, Plaintiff Jonathan Owens filed an appeal earlier this month with California's First District Court of…

New Ordinance Means Oakland Landlords MUST Consider Section 8 Applicants

New Ordinance Means Oakland Landlords MUST Consider Section 8 Applicants

In response to concerns that the Bay Area's housing shortage is making it harder for…

Oakland Passes New Ordinances for Sidewalk Liability and Point-of-Sale Compliance

Oakland Passes New Ordinances for Sidewalk Liability and Point-of-Sale Compliance

Think that sidewalk in front of your property is the city's responsibility to maintain? Think…

City of Oakland Sues for Unsafe Living Conditions

City of Oakland Sues for Unsafe Living Conditions

One of the unfortunate realities of our times is the growing mistrust of landlords due…

Concord City Council Votes Down Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance

Concord City Council Votes Down Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance

As talk of rent and eviction control continues across California, the City of Concord held…

Update: Homeowner Seeks Help in Funding Legal Battle Against the City of Oakland

Update: Homeowner Seeks Help in Funding Legal Battle Against the City of Oakland

Following up on a case we brought your attention to last month, Owens v. City…

Feared Set of Tenant Protection Bills Mostly Fail to Pass; Substantial Solutions to Housing Shortage Still Lacking

Feared Set of Tenant Protection Bills Mostly Fail to Pass; Substantial Solutions to Housing Shortage Still Lacking

There is good news/bad news for everybody after the latest legislative efforts to deal with…

Statewide Rent and Eviction Control Efforts: What You Need to Know

Statewide Rent and Eviction Control Efforts: What You Need to Know

State Assembly Bill AB 36, which would have amended Costa-Hawkins to allow cities and counties to…

Court Rules that a Room Rented Out of a Single-family Home is NOT Exempt from Rent Control

Court Rules that a Room Rented Out of a Single-family Home is NOT Exempt from Rent Control

On Friday, May 2, 2019, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled against landlord…

Oakland City Council Lowers Ceiling Height Requirement on ADUs to 7 feet

Oakland City Council Lowers Ceiling Height Requirement on ADUs to 7 feet

In some positive news for property owners and renters alike, the Oakland City Council is…

Oakland Eliminates Rent Control Exemption for Owner-Occupied Duplexes and Triplexes

Oakland Eliminates Rent Control Exemption for Owner-Occupied Duplexes and Triplexes

Following up on our February and April reports on this subject, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously on June…

Oakland Moves Toward Permanent Elimination of Rent Control Exemptions for Owner-Occupied Duplexes and Triplexes

Oakland Moves Toward Permanent Elimination of Rent Control Exemptions for Owner-Occupied Duplexes and Triplexes

Following up on our February 14th report on the 180-day moratorium on rent increases for…

Oakland City Council Votes to Increase RAP Service Fee from $68 to $101 per unit for ACTIVE ENFORCEMENT

Oakland City Council Votes to Increase RAP Service Fee from $68 to $101 per unit for ACTIVE ENFORCEMENT

Tonight, the Oakland City Council votes to adopt an ordinance to amend the 2018-2019 Master…

Property Owners Appeal Court Ruling on Increased Garbage Service Fees

Property Owners Appeal Court Ruling on Increased Garbage Service Fees

East Bay Rental Housing Association (EBRHA) filed a lawsuit on June 29, 2016 on behalf…

San Francisco Landlord  Prevails in an Owner Move-in Eviction

San Francisco Landlord Prevails in an Owner Move-in Eviction

Any eviction can be perilous for landlords, especially with San Francisco’s tough Rent Ordinance, but…

Oakland Owner-Occupied Duplexes and Tri-plexes Can’t Get a Break…Now Subject to Rent Control

Oakland Owner-Occupied Duplexes and Tri-plexes Can’t Get a Break…Now Subject to Rent Control

In an effort to curb rent increases, the Oakland City council voted today to place…

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