Informed guidance for landlords, property managers, and real estate professionals.

It seems that lawmakers and regulators got together to protect the rights of tenants, but no concerted effort was made to protect good landlords from bad tenants. That's the domain of Bornstein Law, a boutique law firm specializing in advocating for the rights of owners in landlord-tenant disputes and complex real estate litigation.



Meet the firm built for rental property owners

Daniel Bornstein, Esq.

Kathryn Quetel, Esq.

Daniel Cheung, Esq.

Liana Ayrapetyan, Esq

Dylan Tong, Esq.

Delving deeper into the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020

As you are most likely aware, Sacramento has passed sweeping new legislation in an attempt to strike a compromise between financially distressed tenants and landlords bereft of rental income. 

We have prepared answers to several questions that are top of mind and stand ready to help you adjust to a new regulatory regime.

Get educated on the new law and rules »

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 not only make sense - 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.

More on buyout agreements »

Are you prepared for statewide rent caps and eviction controls?

In a two-part webinar series, our founding attorney breaks down AB-1482 in an easily digestible fashion and offers some strategies to avoid pitfalls and future proof your business.



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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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.



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An authority in proper, enforceable tenant buyout agreements

A buyout agreement is a contract where typically, in exchange for compensation or rent waiver or both, a tenant agrees to voluntarily vacate the premises and release all claims arising out of the tenancy. It's analogous to "cash for keys,” except the owner is cauterizing risk by avoiding a potential lawsuit down the road. We have crafted many proper, enforceable tenant surrender of possession agreements, and during the pandemic, a lethargic court system and little other options to effectuate a vacancy, coupled with a tenants’ immediate need for cash make buyouts more attractive today.


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Please don't kick the can down the road.

From our hard-won experience, many rental property owners are conflict avoiders. Don't let the situation enlarge - contact us today for informed advice to power through your real estate challenges.

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