There was a time when a landlord couldn’t offer a tenant a buyout because it was considered a wrongful endeavor to recover possession in violation of the rent ordinance. Trying a buyout could result in a huge judgment, jail time or both. ​ Things changed when the Court...

In 2016, the Berkeley city council enacted the tenant buyout ordinance (TBO) regulating the disclosure, negotiation, and processing of buyout/settlement agreements between landlords and tenants. As with any government regulation, the TBO has created some problems (in t...

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