May 7, 2018

It is important to note that the Ordinance applies to all rental units in Oakland, including units otherwise exempt from rent or eviction controls, like single family homes and new construction. The only exemption is for publicly-owned and operated housing units, which...

December 19, 2017

A buyout is an agreement between an owner and a tenant.  Typically, the tenant agrees to voluntarily vacate a rental unit in exchange for money.

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...

April 1, 2017

In 2011, Defendant Shalizi purchased a four-unit apartment building in San Francisco.  He wanted to move into a unit rented by Plaintiff Geraghty. The Plaintiff had been living in the unit for almost 22 years and paid $938 a month

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