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…

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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…

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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…

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