Q&A: Is Texting or Emailing a Tenant Legally Binding?
Remember the fax machine? It was an innovative marvel of communication when it came out. Fast forward 50 years, and it is all but...
Oakland’s Fair Chance Ordinance
Citing statistics showing that 73% of the local homeless population was formerly incarcerated, the Oakland City Council passed the “Fair...
Terminating Commercial and Residential Tenancies After Automatic Renewal
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
Fair Housing Facts: From Service Animals to Hoarding
Failure to accommodate a person with a disability—from emotional support animals, to growing marijuana, and everything in between—violates f
Reviewing the 2018 Election Results
Measure K (Alameda), Measure Q (Berkeley), and Measures W and Y (Oakland) were on the ballot in the recent election. A look into the...
A Guide to Rent Control in Oakland
Oakland’s Rent Adjustment Ordinance regulates the amount of rent that landlords can charge residential tenants. This guide is intended to pr
Court Talk: A Mail Mandate
Normally, a payment is not “made” until the creditor receives it; however, if the creditor directs payment by mail, the payment is “made” wh
Oakland's Buyout Ordinance
It is important to note that the Ordinance applies to all rental units in Oakland, including units otherwise exempt from rent or eviction co
Landlord Responsibilities When Dealing with Bilingual Tenants
Approximately 15.2 million Californians speak a language other than English as home. And the other Californians don’t speak English well (th
Q&A Regarding Notifying Tenants About Building Sale
It is your right to sell your building whenever you want. You do not have an obligation to disclose this information to your tenants. There