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New 2017 Tenant Laws

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 unlawful detainer proceedings. AB-551 – “Bed Bug Law” (Effective 1/1/17) This law establishes a landlord’s duty to ensure prompt treatment and control of bed bugs.… Read More »

Richmond Rent Control

The City of Richmond has a rent increase limitation ordinance (“Richmond Rent Control”), which caps the annual amount a landlord can increase rent, and a just cause eviction ordinance (“Richmond Eviction Control”), which protects tenants from eviction absent one of the enumerated just causes for eviction. Richmond, Cal., Mun. Code Art. XI, c. 11.100 (2016). The Richmond Rent Control Ordinance only applies to certain residential rental units, as described below. Richmond Eviction Control applies to nearly all residential rental units… Read More »

Oakland Rent Control

Am I covered by Oakland Rent Control? The Oakland Residential Rent Adjustment Program applies to buildings with two or more units in Oakland that have a certificate of occupancy prior to January 1, 1983. However, the following units are not covered by the Oakland Rent Ordinance: 1. Dwelling units in subsidized housing, including units where tenants are using Section 8 vouchers; 2. Motels and boarding houses where the tenant has not been in continuous residence for thirty or more days;… Read More »

Los Gatos Rent Control

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 where only one unit is available for rent; A room in an owner-occupied dwelling where under the lease provisions the tenant has limited use of… Read More »

Mountain View Tenant Relocation Assistance Program

Does the City of Mountain View require landlords to provide relocation assistance? Tenants living in buildings with four or more units who are displaced by demolition, remodel, redevelopment, condominium conversion, or change of use are entitled to relocation.[1] Who is eligible for relocation assistance in the City of Mountain View? A residential household is eligible for relocation assistance if the household’s annual income does not exceed 80% of the median average household income for Santa Clara County, adjusted for household… Read More »

Alameda Rent Control

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, commercial units, and motels/hotels where the stay is less than 30 days. What are the just causes to evict? No Cause Where Rent Increase on… Read More »

Condo Rent Control

Ever wonder if the condominium you rent is covered by rent control or exempt under Costa Hawkins? We have put together a chart that can be used to determine if in fact you are covered by rent control.(PDF 0.3MB)

Roommate Rent Control

Your landlord may not be able to increase your rent just because your roommate is moving out. Under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, a roommate that moves into an existing tenancy sometimes is entitled to keep the rent level inherited from the original occupants. A state law known as Costa Hawkins has made it more difficult for subsequent occupants to keep units under rent control. The legal analysis can be complicated. The following flowchart can be helpful in analyzing whether… Read More »

Unlawful Rent Increase

Under the Rent Ordinance, a tenant’s rent can only be increased annually by sixty percent of the Bay Area cost of living adjustment. San Francisco Rent Ordinance § 37.3(a)(1). Any rent increases that does not conform to this requirement is void. San Francisco Rent Ordinance § 37.3(b)(5). A tenant is permitted to recover rent overpayments that resulted from illegal rent increases for the previous three years of the tenancy. San Francisco Rent Ordinance § 37.8(e)(7). When calculating the amount of… Read More »

Resident Managers

When Managers Are Required Apartment buildings with sixteen or more unit must have a resident manager. Resident Apartment Managers as Licensees To have tenant protections, a resident manager must be more than just an employee/licensee.  In rent-controlled jurisdictions, managers not considered tenants can be forced to leave when their employment is terminated. Several factors are looked at to determine if a manager is a tenant or an employee, including (1) whether there was a written lease; (2) whether the manager… Read More »

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