Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman

Question 1: Did Oakland change its rent control law to remove the exemption for owner-occupied buildings? Answer 1: Currently, Oakland’s ‘Just Cause’ eviction control law (and its companion rent control ordinance) has an exemption for owner-occupied buildings of three units or less. On July 24, the Oakland City Council approved a ballot measure for the…

Legal Q & A by Dennis Block

Question One: I was wondering if there is a legal procedure for holding a unit. This is my situation:  I have a prospective tenant who would like to give me a deposit to move in two months from now. I have never done this before, but feel this tenant would be a good fit for my building.…

Questions and Answers – by Dennis Block

Question One: My rental is undervalued and I am planning to bring the rent up to market level. I am also planning on increasing the security deposit at the same time. What do I do if the tenant only pays the new rent and refuses to pay the increase in the security deposit?

Legal Q & A – by Franco Simone, Esq.

Q:  I have a tenant who moved into his rental unit last month.  I included a provision in his lease that prohibits smoking cigarettes in his unit. Now, his neighbors are complaining that cigarette smoke from his unit is seeping through their air vents.  When I approached the tenant, he told me that he has…

Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman

Question 1: Our long term tenant told me that she has cancer and would like to have a co-tenant with her in her one bedroom apartment (San Francisco rent controlled). Am I obligated to honor her request? If I allow her to have a roommate, am I allowed to raise her rent? In addition, am…