Michael AstaneheMichael Astanehe is an associate attorney at Tobener Ravenscroft. In 2012, he earned his undergraduate degree in political science from San Francisco State University where he was named to the Dean’s List for each year of attendance. Mr. Astanehe went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. During law school, Mr. Astanehe was selected to patriciate in the Community Justice Clinic. He discovered his passion for tenant rights as a law clerk for Tobener Ravenscroft starting in Spring 2015.


JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law BS, San Francisco State University


Mountain View Rent Control and Tenant Relocation Assistance Program

May 29, 2018

The City of Mountain View has a rent increase limitation ordinance (“Mountain View Rent Control”), which caps the annual amount a landlord can increase rent, and a just cause for eviction ordinance (“Mountain View Eviction Control”), which protects tenants from eviction absent one of the enumerated just causes for eviction. Mountain View, Cal., City Code, […] Read More

New 2017 Tenant Laws

February 8, 2017

2017 ushered in a host of state and local laws that affect your legals rights as a tenant: New State Tenant Laws The California legislature enacted several laws protecting tenants, including creating new laws related to bed bugs, regulating condominium pesticide treatment notices and procedures, and augmenting rules pertaining to public accessibility of court records in […] Read More

Los Gatos Rent Control

July 27, 2016

What units are covered under the Los Gatos Rent Ordinance? Properties with three or more rental units held under common ownership and located in the City of Los Gatos are covered.  The Ordinance covers all rent increases and landlord/tenant disputes arising after July 1, 1980.[1]  The following units are excluded from rent control: Multi-unit properties […] Read More

Alameda Rent Control

March 20, 2016

What units are covered by eviction protection? All units in Alameda are covered by eviction protection, including single family homes and condominiums, and new construction.  Eviction protection is not extended to units where rents are regulated by federal law, the housing authority, or other state or local program.  Nor is it extended to mobile homes, […] Read More

Aging in Place

June 17, 2015

Few decisions are as important and personal as choosing your home. As we grow older, where we choose to live takes on an even greater level of importance and complexity. As Americans continue to live longer, more seniors are choosing to remain in their homes. According to AARP, ninety percent of seniors want to age […] Read More

Section 8 Fraud

May 20, 2013

Section 8 Fraud: Side Payment Cases The False Claims Act provides that any person who “knowingly presents . . . a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval” to the United States is liable on each such claim for a civil penalty of not less than $5,500 and not more than $11,000, plus three […] Read More

Student Housing

August 30, 2010

Rights in Student Housing Rent Control Statutes Exclude Dormitories Typically, rent control ordinances do not cover on-campus, university housing.  For example, the San Francisco Rent Ordinance states that the term “rental units” does not include dorms owned by colleges and universities.  San Francisco Administrative Code § 37.2(a)(3).  Similarly, the City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization and […] Read More