RENTERS RIGHTS: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE

FOR SAN FRANCISCO AND THE BAY AREA San Francisco rents are some of the most expensive in the nation.  The average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in the City is about $4,400.  With wages unable to keep up with the continually rising rent costs, many Bay Area tenants are paying more than 30% of their […]

City Of Alameda Rent Control Stabilization Ordinance

In 2016, the City of Alameda’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance was put into effect. The ordinance is not as comprehensive as the City of San Francisco or the City of Oakland’s, but it is an essential step towards combating the continual increase in housing costs and the displacement of the city’s most vulnerable. While Alameda’s ordinance […]

Hayward Rent Control

HAYWARD RESIDENTIAL RENT STABILIZATION ORDINANCE Under the Hayward Residential Rent Stabilization Ordinance, a landlord can only raise the rent a certain percentage each year and can only evict a tenant for one of the just-cause reasons enumerated in the law.  While the ordinance covers most residential rental properties, tenants should make sure that the unit […]

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, § 11.100 et […]

Possible Rent Control Expansion Sets Off Debates in Bay Area

“If California voters approve Proposition 10 this fall, they won’t be ending the debate over how to address the state’s soaring rents. In fact, by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, voters will spark a multitude of intense housing deliberations at the local level.”” “California’s Supreme Court has held that rent control laws must allow […]

Mountain View Rent Control and Tenant Relocation Assistance Program

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, […]

Wrongful Eviction

When is it Wrongful Eviction? Under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, Oakland Rent Ordinance, and Berkeley Rent Ordinance, a wrongful eviction occurs when a landlord forces a tenant to move out of a rent-controlled unit. This can be either a permanent or temporary ouster. Landlords wrongfully evict tenants in many ways. It is wrongful eviction […]

Oakland Rent Control

Am I covered by Oakland Rent Control? The Oakland Residential Rent Adjustment Program applies to all rental units in Oakland with the following exceptions: Dwelling units in subsidized housing, including units where tenants are using Section 8 vouchers; Motels and boarding houses where the tenant has not been in continuous residence for thirty or more […]

Berkeley Rent Control

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 […]

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 […]