Get informed guidance from the firm built for rental property owners

It seems that lawmakers and regulators got together to protect the rights of tenants, but no concerted effort was made to protect good landlords from bad tenants. That's the domain of Bornstein Law.

Daniel Bornstein, Esq.

Kathryn Quetel, Esq.

Daniel Cheung, Esq.

Liana Ayrapetyan, Esq.

Dylan Tong, Esq.


Don't kick the can down the road.
From our experience, many landlords are conflict avoiders. Don't let the situation enlarge - call us today.


The leaders in Tenant Surrender of Possession Agreements, known more popularly as tenant buyouts or "cash for keys."

As its name implies, a tenant buyout is simply an agreement for the tenant to vacate the unit, in exchange for compensation. Yet these voluntarily arrangements are anything but simple. 

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Events for savvy rental property owners and real estate professionals

Daniel is renowned for giving talks to numerous organizations and hosting events on the legal challenges facing landlords, and the opportunities that can be leveraged to create vacancies. Attend an upcoming event, or reach out for a private get together with your team.

Topics that matter to rental housing providers. Insights with impact.


As proud East Bay residents, we have been elated to witness Oakland's growth and emergence as a formidable city in the Bay Area. In the same breath, we have been alarmed that the needle of progress is moving in the wrong direction with more stringent rent control measures, most recently the nixing of rent control exemptions for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes. 

Oakland Rent Regulation Reference Sheet »

Oakland Eviction Control Reference Sheet »

Oakland Owner Move-In Eviction Reference Sheet »

Oakland Eviction Process »

Legal Alerts

Hayward Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance appears imminent

Although Hayward has enacted an emergency just cause eviction ordinance, a more permanent measure has taken shape. The RRSO has survived its first reading, with the second reading to occur on June 25. It will likely be passed and thereafter, the law will go into effect July 25.

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Legal updates

Hayword enacts emergency ordinance, imposes just-cause eviction measures

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Security deposit deduction guide and defining "normal wear and tear"

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Five common reasons landlords lose an eviction action

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What landlords should know amid the immigration debate

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Mr. Bornstein helped me with a difficult tenant situation recently and was thoroughly forthright and effective. As an added plus, he seemed extremely scrupulous about avoiding needless "billable hours." I am elated at having been referred to him.


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Bornstein Law in the media

We are heavy consumers of Bay Area housing news, and every now and then, we are interjected into the stories we read. 

Numerous outlets have called upon us to provide a counter-narrative to the chorus of tenant advocates and offer a fresh perspective through the lens of property owners. 

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San Francisco's Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA)

Under the newly minted Community Right to Purchase Act (COPA), qualified nonprofits providing affordable housing in San Francisco will be granted the right of first offer and right of first refusal on multi-unit buildings for sale. Read the ordinance here ›

COPA applies to privately-owned buildings with three or more units, as well as privately-owned property on which three or more units could be built.