The law firm built for landlords and property managers

Lawmakers put into place sweeping protections for tenants, but little effort was made to protect the interests of property owners. That's the domain of Bornstein Law.



Meet the allies of rental property owners

Our seasoned attorneys do only one thing, and we do it well. We specialize in landlord-tenant matters and can handle complex litigation when rental relationships sour.

Daniel Bornstein, Esq.

Kathryn Quetel, Esq.

Daniel Cheung, Esq.

Liana Ayrapetyan, Esq

Dylan Tong, Esq.

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 your case.




Landlord-tenant issues run the gamut, but we can boil them down to some core practice areas

Unlawful detainer (eviction) actions

When rental relationships fail, Bornstein Law will work to transition the tenant out of the unit in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible, taking into account time, risk, and attorneys' fees.

Careful attention must be paid to local ordinances and eviction moratoria as we ease into a post-pandemic world. Any procedural missteps in notices, disclaimers, or demanding an improper rent amount can prove costly.

Tenant buyout agreements

When the goal is to effectuate a vacancy and there are no legal grounds for a termination notice, our offices can assist in negotiating a proper and enforceable agreement whereby the tenant voluntarily moves out in exchange for any number of incentives.

More than "cash for keys," these agreements will absolve the landlord of any future liability, and typically, rent can be raised when a vacancy is secured by the tenant leaving at their own volition.

Owner Move-In & Relative Move-In (OMI/RMI) Evictions

When the property owner or close relative endeavors to move into a tenant-occupied unit, we can ensure that the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

The optics need to be that the move-in has been conducted in good faith in full compliance with the law and any statutorily required relocation payments have been distributed to the outgoing residents. Bornstein Law can oversee this cumbersome process.








Topics that matter. Insights with impact.

Bornstein Law is dedicated to educating the rental housing industry and we give you several ways to digest the legal news germane to our community.


Our clients say it best.

Very helpful and on top of all pertinent laws and ordinances. My company and my clients have benefited greatly from Daniel and his team.
Paul Barbagelata
Paul Barbagelata

Daniel is a fantastic lawyer with a team of experts. Don’t try to handle tenant issues on your own, hire a pro. He has successfully fought on my behalf on multiple occasions. I would highly recommend him for most real estate issues
Bill Bagnell
Bill Bagnell

We have been using Daniel Bornstein for a number of years, we’ve always been very satisfied. Daniel is very responsive and has always given us great advice. We own and manage over a 120 units is San Francisco, Bornstein Law is our go too Firm. Bill M
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Renowned for our educational events

Although we would prefer to take the personal approach and speak to live audiences at the Fort Mason Center and other venues, we've become acclimated to the new normal of webinars and Zoom meetings. Watch or listen to some oldies but goodies.



From our podcast

Property owner legal update - how to best manage your property during COVID-19

Daniel Bornstein was recently invited by the East Bay Rental Housing Association to discuss new laws and local edicts during a very challenging time for landlords, property managers, and the professionals who serve them.

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The Bay Area's foremost practitioners in tenant buyout agreements

When there are no convenient legal reasons to evict and the goal of the property owner is to effectuate a vacancy, a tenant surrender of possession of agreement may make sense. In fact, it may be the only vehicle to use in rent-controlled jurisdictions.

Traditionally, landlords can raise the rent to market rate and sell the rental property for more money when a voluntary vacancy is brokered.

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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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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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