The firm built for landlords, property managers, and real estate professionals.

The law has become very specialized and nuanced. When shopping for an attorney, a fair question to ask is, "Do you practice landlord-tenant law on a daily basis?"

For the better part of three decades, this is all we do.




Daniel Bornstein recognized as the "ultimate advocate" 

Daniel, I think, is doing something that is unheard of, and has not been done before, where you have the 'ultimate advocate,' advocating for the property owner in court, advocating for the property owner outside of court, with the educational classes, so this is fantastic. Nobody has done this before, and nobody has this combination of services you are offering, and I think if you didn't exist in this room we'd have to invent you.

~ Wayne Rowland, President of the East Bay Rental Housing Association (EBRHA)




We raise the voice of rental housing providers

Although the political rhetoric nowadays falls squarely on the side of tenants, Bornstein Law offers a fresh perspective through the lens of underrepresented property owners. Numerous media outlets have called upon us to articulate the unique challenges of landlords.






Bornstein Law's mission statement

Amid California's housing dearth, policymakers are always getting together to cement tenant protections, while comparatively little effort is spent protecting the rights of housing providers.

That's the domain of Bornstein Law, a boutique firm that represents landlords, property managers, and brokerages in powering through their real estate challenges.

Seeing past the horizon of a landlord-tenant dispute, our goal is to never elongate a matter but to resolve it as efficiently and inexpensively as possible, taking into account time, risk, and attorneys' fees.




Videos that break down complex landlording rules in an easily digestible fashion. Articles that give you the total picture. Downloadable PDFs. Blogs, weekly email broadcasts, and heart-to-heart podcasts. Whatever it takes to educate our community about an ever-changing regulatory regime and develop a mindset of thinking smartly and strategically about your real estate investments.

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Not just "cash for keys." A tenant buyout agreement removes any residual liability that could arise from the tenancy and it comes with other perks.

Astute landlords understand the benefits of a voluntary vacancy. Typically, rents can be raised when a tenant leaves on their own free will and other things being equal, a vacant property will sell for more than one that is tenant occupied. In some locales, a tenant buyout agreement may be the only option to effectuate a vacancy.

We know of no other law office in the Bay Area so prolific and experienced in overseeing these agreements.

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Own or manage commercial properties? While we are the "go-to" firm for managing residential rental relationships, we are not a one-trick pony.

From the negotiation of commercial leases at the inception of the rental relationship to managing disputes and evicting a tenant for nonpayment or other breaches of the lease, Bornstein Law can assist.


Stay abreast of the latest developments

Laws and regulations can have the shelf life of a banana peel, but we'll keep you in the know.


Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This honor is not a given, even for highly competent attorneys. Super Lawyers recognizes the top 5 percent of the lawyers in the state. Independent research and peer evaluations single out the cream of the crop in more than 70 practice areas.

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Events for savvy rental property owners and real estate professionals

Daniel is renowned for giving talks to numerous organizations and hosting events on the legal challenges facing rental housing providers and the professionals who serve them. Attend an upcoming event, or reach out for a private get together with your team.

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When it comes to landlord-tenant law, not all attorneys are created equal.

Some real estate attorneys handle boundary disputes. Others deal with mortgage fraud. Other attorneys specialize in real estate closings. The law has become very niche-specific. At Bornstein Law, we do one thing, and we do it very well. We manage landlord-tenant relationships on a daily basis. Please don't find a real estate attorney who will charge you to research what we already know because it's already in our orbit.

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For informed guidance, reach out to the firm built for rental property owners.



Offices in San Francisco and the East Bay to best serve our clients.

507 Polk St.
Suite 310
San Francisco, CA 94102

482 W MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94609

Tel: 415-409-7611
Fax: 415-409-9345


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