Legal Q & A by – Richard Beckman

Question 1: We have a ‘no pet’ policy. What documentation is accepted if a tenant claims to need a service animal? Is there a difference if it is an emotional support animal? There is one tenant at our property with “service animal” paperwork from their doctor. We are getting inquiries from other tenants who want…

Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman

Question 1:  I missed the AOA seminar on the upcoming Costa Hawkins/Proposition 10 vote. Can you summarize what I missed? Answer 1: Yes. In a nutshell, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act law was passed in 1995, and was designed to do three primary things. First, it eliminated what is known as “vacancy control, “which is…

Legal Q & A by – Richard Beckman, Attorney

Question 1: Our tenant of three years is complaining of mold. We have inspected but see no visual evidence of mold. He says that he uses a mold detection device and the reader says there is mold in the air. What plan of action is required of us? Answer 1: As the owner, you always…

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…