May 30, 2019

The rule that a lease term continues month to month when it expires, and the tenant does not move out and continues paying rent, comes from a single statute: Civil Code Section 1945. Although this statute applies to all properties, the rules diverge for when it comes...

December 4, 2018

Failure to accommodate a person with a disability—from emotional support animals, to growing marijuana, and everything in between—violates fair housing and anti-discrimination laws.

November 9, 2018

Measure K (Alameda), Measure Q (Berkeley), and Measures W and Y (Oakland) were on the ballot in the recent election. A look into the results and what that means for landlords in the Bay Area.       

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June 6, 2018

Oakland’s Rent Adjustment Ordinance regulates the amount of rent that landlords can charge residential tenants. This guide is intended to provide owners, landlords, and managers with information regarding rent control (not eviction control) in Oakland and to answer sev...

Normally, a payment is not “made” until the creditor receives it; however, if the creditor directs payment by mail, the payment is “made” when deposited in the mail. This has a significant impact on landlords who are attempting to collect unpaid rent with a three-day...

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...

April 27, 2018

Approximately 15.2 million Californians speak a language other than English as home. And the other Californians don’t speak English well (that’s a joke). The California Translation Act, codified at Civil Code § 1632 governs transactions affected in the five most common...