Legal Q & A By- Richard Beckman

Question 1: Can I apply the tenant’s security deposit to rent that is not being paid during the Covid 19 crisis? If so, can I then require the tenant to replenish the deposit? Answer 1: The short answers are, probably, and probably not. I have a feeling I will be prefacing nearly every answer for…

Prop 13 Opponents Turn in Their Signatures By- Jon Coupal

With great fanfare, the proponents of an initiative to raise property taxes in California by $12 billion a year announced they had turned in over 1.7 million signatures to qualify the measure. Their press release was headlined “Schools and Communities First make history with most ever signatures submitted.”

Letters to the Editor…

Dear Dan: While nobody wants to see anyone that is truly impacted by the virus put out on the streets, the entire burden for keeping the public housed cannot be forced upon the backs of individual citizens. Housing is an essential service.  Who else is forced to provide an essential service for free?  Nurses, grocery…

The Art of Successful Leasing by Matt Williams

Whether you have a home, triplex or 150 units, we all have that one leasing story. For most of us it has worked out okay. One client took a risk with a foreign engineering student despite having no credit history and not being able to verify the international banking statements. This tenant turned out to…

Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman

Question 1:  I own a single-family home in Oakland with tenants on a month-to-month basis. The tenant has been there more than a year. Can I still legally raise the rent? Answer 1:  While nearly every aspect of residential tenancy life is currently being changed by legislative responses to the COVID 19-related states of emergency,…