The Town of Fairfax Renter Protections

January 15, 2020

The Town of Fairfax is one of the most recent places to put into place additional protections for its renters. In 2019, the town adopted a just cause for eviction ordinance and a mandatory mediation ordinance for certain rent increases.   Town of Fairfax Just Cause For Eviction Ordinance Effective March 6, 2019, landlords may […] Read More

When Is It Time to Sue Your Landlord?

December 31, 2019

As a renter, you have certain rights granted by state law and your lease. Signing a lease on a new apartment is usually a positive experience. Like all properties, though, rental units have the potential to come with common problems such as noisy neighbors, property damage, or even mistreatment or discrimination from your landlord. When any of […] Read More

Why Oakland warehouse fire could cause more to lose homes

December 4, 2019

After losing friends and loved ones in the Oakland fire that killed 36 people, many artists living in the city’s warehouse communities fear a coming crackdown on the roll-your-own spaces that they call home — but may not be legal housing. Read More

City Of Alameda Rent Control, Limitations on Eviction, and Relocation to Certain Displaced Tenants Ordinance

November 21, 2019

The City of Alameda’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance has been repealed, and a new ordinance has been enacted. The City of Alameda Rent Control, Limitations on Eviction, Relocation to Certain Displaced Tenants Ordinance was adopted September 3, 2019. Alameda, Cal. Mun. Code § 6-58.10. The ordinance may be referred to as the City of Alameda Rent […] Read More

Union City Rent Control

November 6, 2019

Union City’s Residential Rent Review Ordinance, And Residential Landlord And Tenant Relations Ordinance Union City is one of the growing number of jurisdictions to adopt local ordinances to protect its renters.  The Residential Rent Review Ordinance entitles tenants to a mandatory review of rent increases above a certain amount.  And, the Residential Landlord and Tenant […] Read More

Step-by-Step Tenant Guide to Oakland Owner-Move-In Evictions and Oakland Relative-Move-In Evictions

October 1, 2019

If your landlord is threatening to move into your Oakland apartment or threatening to move in a relative into your Oakland apartment, here is a step-by-step guide on how to fight back! 1.  Determine if your Oakland building has just-cause eviction protections. Your building is covered by the Oakland Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance if […] Read More

What Landlords Do Not Want You to Know Before You Sign Your Lease

September 26, 2019

As tenant lawyers, we are always on the lookout for dangerous lease clauses.  Renters should know what they are getting into before they sign. Landlords will often hide that a unit does not have rent control.  Even in jurisdictions with rent control, like San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, San Jose, and Berkeley, not all units are […] Read More

A Tenant’s Right to Repair and Deduct and Withhold Rent Under California Law

September 25, 2019

When can a tenant repair and deduct? Under California law, a tenant is allowed to repair and deduct.  Civil Code § 1942.  However, this remedy should only be used where the tenant meets all the requirements of the repair and deduct statute.  If a tenant repairs and deducts without following the strict guidelines of California’s […] Read More

Late Fees in Residential Leases

September 18, 2019

You may be able to file a lawsuit against your landlord for illegally collecting late fees.  If you are a California tenant fighting an exorbitant late fee Contact Us Are late-fee clauses illegal in California residential lease agreements? Many landlords place clauses in their lease agreements that require tenants to pay a set fee if […] Read More

San Rafael Rent Control

The City of San Rafael’s Rental Housing Dispute Resolution ordinance and Cause Required for Eviction ordinance went into effect July 17, 2019.  This San Rafael rent control ordinance covers (1) how high a landlord can raise your rent; and (2) what a landlord can eviction you for.  The new ordinances are a tool for combating […] Read More