Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block, Attorney

Question One:  I have a tenant who keeps a pet rooster which is not allowed by our city’s ordinance. The tenant claims this is a support animal and has a confirming letter from a doctor. I really do not want to violate any law, but if I act, can I be sued for failing to…

Rent Control Would Put Housing Out of Reach for More Californians

The below article was written by Kerry Jackson, a fellow with the Center for California Reform at Pacific Research Institute.  The mission of the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) is to champion freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free-market policy solutions. For more information, visit www.pacificresearch.org. The most unaffordable city in the…

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…