Meet the allies of landlords, property managers, and real estate professionals. 

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

Managing rental relationships is all we do, and we do it well.


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Our clients, colleagues, and industry partners say it best.

For the better part of three decades, Bornstein Law has helped rental property owners and their agents power through their challenges and we've met many friends along the way.

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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 the unique challenges of landlords.






Articles for astute property owners and real estate practitioners

We are unaware of any other law firm so prolific in disseminating articles on topics germane to landlords and the professionals who serve them.






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.

The California eviction process ›

Using a 1099-C as leverage when asking tenants to pay back COVID-related rent debt ›

Handling crime and violence in rental units

Security deposit deduction guide ›

Responding to tenant hoarding ›

Housing discriminations are proliferating, with denial of Section 8 tenancies top of mind ›

Flowchart of new security deposit rules going into effect July 1, 2024 →

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Email broadcasts that keep you in the know. 

Thousands of astute housing providers, property managers, and real estate professionals rely on updates delivered to their inboxes.

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Daniel gives an update on the legal landscape impacting rental housing providers and discusses the best practices in property management.



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.


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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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Our mission is to help housing providers, property managers, and real estate professionals think smartly and strategically about investment properties from an economic standpoint, cauterize risk in an ever-complicated regulatory regime, and provide informed advice when landlord-tenant disputes arise.

Seeing past the horizon of the dispute, our goal is never to elongate the matter but to resolve conflicts as quickly and inexpensively as possible, taking into account time, risk, and attorneys' fees.

Landlording in California can be difficult, but with proper counsel, you can power through your real estate challenges.









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

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


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