KNOWLEDGE BASE / WEEKLY DIGESTS

Legal topics that matter. Weekly insights with impact.
In an effort to keep the rental property industry informed, we regularly share what's on our radar.


April 4, 2019
Oakland's RAP Notice service fees have increased. What the added funds will be used for, and we cover the delicate subject of domestic violence in rental units and HUD's application of the Violence Against Women Act.

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March 26, 2019
After Hillsborough declares the iconic Flinstone house a “public nuisance,” we felt obligated to chime in on the battle between what some consider an amazing tribute to whimsy or an oozing eyesore. We also invite you to Fort Mason April 10 for a rent control and 1031 Exchange Workshop.

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March 19, 2019
We bring you up to speed on El Cerrito's ongoing deliberation on adding increased tenant protections and cover Hayward's sweeping emergency ordinance banning evictions without cause. We also take a hard look at Section 8 housing.

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March 6, 2019
After Proposition 10 was handily defeated, there are hundreds of housing-related bills being incubated in the statehouse, and we survey some of the worst offenders here.

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March 1, 2019
We discuss what evidence to bring to court if an unlawful detainer (eviction) action is contested and how long records should be preserved. We also share updated SF relocation payment assistance amounts and annual rent increase guidelines.

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February 22, 2019
We chime in on California state law concerning security deposit rules and provide guidelines on security deposit deductions beyond normal wear and tear.

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February 16, 2019
An emergency ordinance finally subjects owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes to Oakland rent control. We explain what this means and summarize the new rules.

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February 6, 2019
We share San Francisco's new guidelines for relocation payments and rent increases and provide an overview of owner move-in and relative move-in evictions rules.

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January 24, 2019
We mourn the loss of a fallen landlord who was killed after an attempt to evict tenants and urge owners to use caution when tensions reach a boiling point.

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January 19, 2019
We resume the discussion on the dual responsibility of landlords and tenants to maintain a habitable dwelling and take on the challenges of tenant screening.

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January 12, 2019
We cover third-party rent payments, California's implied warranty of habitability, and consequences of a government shutdown for the real estate industry.

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