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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.


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


Are you prepped for California statewide rent control?

Bornstein Law can help you understand a new set of rules and reconcile your local laws with rent caps and eviction controls that will blanket the state.

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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.

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. This ordinance will add new layers of complexity to multi-unit transactions, but Bornstein Law can help you stay compliant and streamline the process from start to finish.


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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.

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Security Deposit Deduction Guide

Deductions can be made for conditions that exceed "normal wear and tear." This infographic provides context to define this ambiguous term.

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What landlords should know amid the immigration debate

Recent rhetoric and soul searching has made our earlier blog more timely today.

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Handling Tenant Hoarding

Hoarding is a vexing problem for landlords and property managers that requires proactive action once discovered so that the unit is restored to a safe, sanitary and secure dwelling.

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Common reasons to lose an unlawful detainer action

The eviction process consists of carefully choreographed steps that must be followed. We outline five of the most common reasons landlords lose their case when any step is missed.

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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.

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Update on statewide rent control

AB 1482 would impose statewide rent control and “just cause” eviction policies. To the elatement of tenants’ advocates, the measure has cleared many legislative hurdles to date.

As the chief architect of AB 1482, our own Assemblymember David Chiu, a Democratic from San Francisco, got some timely juice from Governor Newsom, who was recently quoted saying that statewide controls are “long overdue in the state of California.”

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Proactive rental inspection programs aim to nip problems in the bud

It is the responsibility of both the landlord and the tenant to maintain a habitable dwelling, but when there is a breakdown in communication, problems can brew and quickly escalate.
At the end of the day, rental property owners, real estate professionals, Bornstein Law and our property management arm, Bay Property Group, are in the same business. It boils down to managing relationships. Some are more difficult to manage than others.

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Price gouging bans for landlords in aftermath of earthquakes and other natural disasters

During tragedy, it is time for Californians to come together and extend our hands to victims, not for opportunistic merchants and housing providers to take advantage of the most vulnerable. It's not only right. It's the law.

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Redefining single family homes opens the floodgates to rent control

In the progression of tenants’ rights, there is an interesting riddle being litigated: What, exactly, is a “single-family home” insulated from local rent regulations under the Costa Hawkins Act?

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Anti vaping revolution extends to rental units

We’ve all seen the anti-tobacco propaganda plastering the airwaves, but a revolution against vaping has been long underway.

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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 raise the voice of rental property owners.

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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