Practice Areas

In an unfortunately acrimonious climate when landlords are pitted against tenants, you can rely on our aggressive representation protecting the rights of property owners. For over 23 years, our real estate attorneys have advocated for landlords in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Mountain View, San Jose, Hayward, Alameda, San Leandro, and throughout the Bay Area.


Our core competencies include, but are not limited to:


Rent Control 

Many cities throughout the Bay Area have enacted rent stabilization measures of some form or fashion, creating all manner of issues for landlords. More » 

Unlawful Detainer Actions

When a tenant fails to pay rent, or violates other covenants in the lease, landlords can take corrective actions up to and including an eviction. More »

Just Cause Evictions

When rent control applies, the government regulates rent increases and in those jurisdictions, landlords can only evict in limited circumstances. More »


Owner Move In Eviction

In limited circumstances, tenants can be transitioned out of a rental unit because of an owner’s desire to use the property for their own use. More »



Tenant actions can create conditions that are harmful or offensive to others, necessitating the landlord to address the underlying behavior. More »


Rent Board Appearances

When landlords find themselves in a deadlock in rent control jurisdictions, Bornstein Law can protect their rights at a rent board hearing. More »


Tenant Abandonment

When a tenant abandons their personal property, landlords cannot play “finders keepers, losers weepers”, but comply with relevant law. More »


Security Deposits

Tenants want their money back, while landlords need to protect their investment. It's no wonder why this is a hotly contested issue. More » 


Short Term Rentals

Bornstein Law has been pioneers in the ever-evolving rules and regulations relating to Airbnb rentals and other iterations of the temporary flop. More »



In-Law Units

Public policy has favored the construction of these pint-sized units, but the maddening regulations are best approached with Bornstein Law. More »


Marijuana in Rental Units

Whether you are for or against legalized marijuana, Prop 64 is sure to impact your rental business. You need adequate protection. More » 


Tenant Hoarding

Hoarding is a vexing problem for Bay Area landlords & property managers. When it is discovered, proactive but compassionate steps are in order. More »


For experience-driven advice, reach out to the Bay Area's respected and foremost experts in landlord-tenant disputes.