Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

Question 1: I have a duplex in Oakland with an illegal unit (garage conversion), with a tenant on a lease from August 2016 to August 2017. The tenant reported to city and city requested me to take down the unit. If I ask the tenant to move, besides a relocation fee do I pay him…

Laundry Leases – Be Careful!!! – by Dale Alberstone, Esq.

Hello everybody.  For decades I have cautioned members of the Apartment Owners Association about two insidious provisions that frequently appear in laundry leases. One of them is the automatic renewal clause.  The other is the “Right of First Refusal” clause. This month I will discuss both of them in the context of a long term…

San Jose’s Tenant Protection Ordinance Requires “Just Cause” Terminations – by Patricia A. Harris

On May 9, 2017, the San Jose City Council adopted the Tenant Protection Ordinance. Additionally, the City Council adopted an Urgency Ordinance making the new regulations effective immediately. The Tenant Protection Ordinance outlines landlord responsibilities and tenant rights regarding notices to terminate.  Under the Tenant Protection Ordinance, landlords of multifamily dwellings, guesthouses and unpermitted units will only…

Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

Question 1: My Richmond tenant has asked to have a dog, though the lease specifies ‘no pets’. While we are not thrilled with the idea, she is a good tenant and keeps her place spotless. I’m looking for examples of ways to deal with this situation – can I charge pet rent or a pet…

Management Tips From MRLANDLORD.COM

(Shared by landlords nationwide) Landlords nationwide were asked: “What was the average cost of getting a property ready for rent once a renter moves out?” There was a range of responses. One landlord’s response was a bit concerning to me. The response was this: “No clue.  It’s not something I have tracked or cared to track.…

Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block, Attorney

Question One: The world has just become insane. I allowed a tenant to have a dog when she moved into the unit. She has now presented me with a note from a doctor. The notes states that due to her emotional state, she needs two cats and an additional dog! Please tell me that I can…