Smoking in an Apartment Building

June 18, 2018

Can landlords prohibit tenants from smoking cigarettes? Yes. Landlords have the right to prohibit smoking of cigarettes or other tobacco products in and around a rental property as long as it is written into the lease agreement. CAL. CIV. CODE § 1947.5. Many leases ban smoking of any kind, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and marijuana. E-cigarettes [...] Read More

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

Forcing Your Landlord to Repair

November 21, 2017

What are a landlord’s responsibilities regarding repairs? A landlord must make a rental unit habitable both prior to and during a lease. The landlord is legally required to make all necessary repairs to ensure habitability throughout a tenancy. The case of Green v. Superior Court held that all residential rental agreements contain an implied warranty [...] Read More

Oakland Rent Control

August 22, 2017

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: Read More

Berkeley Rent Control

July 13, 2017

What units are covered by the Berkeley Rent Control? The Berkeley Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance has two separate protections that are best thought of as distinct:  rent increase limitations and just cause eviction protection, these are often referred to as Berkeley Rent Control. Some units in the City of Berkeley have [...] Read More

San Jose Rent Control Ordinance and Eviction Protection

May 2, 2017

The City of San Jose has a rent-increase limitation ordinance (“San Jose Rent Control”), which prevents excessive and unreasonable rent increases, and a just cause eviction ordinance (“San Jose Eviction Control”), which protects certain tenants from eviction absent one of the enumerated just causes for eviction. San José, Cal., Mun. Code Title 17, c. 17.23 [...] Read More

Oakland Relocation Program

April 3, 2017

What is required for a temporary eviction for substantial repairs? Before sending a tenant a written notice to vacate for substantial repairs, the landlord must obtain all necessary permits from the City of Oakland. The eviction must be in good faith and be for substantial repairs that cannot be completed while the unit is occupied. [...] 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

Richmond Rent Control

December 20, 2016

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). [...] 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