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Breaking news for the rental property industry

Recent court decisions have redefined single family homes, stripping rent control exemptions

Nonprofits get the first crack at SF multifamily buildings

The Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA) will put "qualified nonprofits" in front of the line to purchase multifamily properties when they are up for sale.

Oakland to vote on easing restrictions for Accessory Dwelling Units

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Oakland sure to pass a RAP Notice fee increase tonight - what this really means for landlords

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El Cerrito continues its discussion on implementing some form of tenant protections 

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Hayward passes an emergency just-cause eviction ordinance

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Owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes now subject to rent control

City Council passed an emergency ordinance that placed a 180-day moratorium limiting rent increases to the annual CPI adjustment and affords a wide range of added tenant protections. We discuss this more in-depth and uploaded the ordinance in our recent blog post.

New relocation payments and allowable annual rent increase payments are off the press for San Francisco owners

Do not worry - we've uploaded them in the links below. If you have any questions on how these apply to you, contact our office for informed advice.

Relocation Payments for Evictions based on Owner/Relative Move-in OR Demolition/Permanent Removal of Unit of Unit from Housing Use OR Temporary Capital Improvement Work OR Substantial Rehabilitation

Allowable Annual Rent Increases

Oakland on its way to scrapping owner-occupied rent control exemption

Historically, owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes have been exempt from rent control and Oakland's Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance, which prohibits landlords from evicting tenants without a legitimate reason. A ballot initiative passed in November, however, chipped away at the status quo.

Measure Y amended Oakland's eviction limitations law to remove “just cause” exemptions for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes, but these units remained exempt from rent control. Not for long.

In a spirited Community and Economic Development Committee meeting held Tuesday, January 29, a proposal to remove the rent control exemption for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes sailed through committee and will now be headed to a full City Council vote.

The ordinance will be among the first tenants' rights ordinances to be voted on by Oakland's newly minted council members and with Mayor Libby Schaaf throwing her support behind the measure, every indication is it will pass.

This development is the latest in a series of initiatives in a city that is becoming the latest bastion of tenant protections. We have written extensively about Oakland's gradual trek towards increased tenant protections and you can view some of our thoughts here.


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