The boutique firm of Bornstein Law exemplifies the personal qualities of its founder and the definitive voice for rental property owners, attorney Daniel Bornstein.


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For the better part of three decades, housing providers and real estate professionals have relied on Daniel Bornstein for informed advice on realizing the full potential of investment properties, cauterizing risk, and powering through the unique challenges of owning and managing a rental business.

With offices in San Francisco and Oakland, Daniel is the Bay Area's foremost authority in landlord-tenant law with deep knowledge and experience in managing rental relationships, including unlawful detainer (eviction) actions, arbitraging vacancies through tenant buyout agreements, and handling all manner of complex real estate litigation and issues that arise in the landlording business.

A staunch advocate for rental property owners in court and in front of local rent boards, you'll find his approach to be direct and sensible, keeping his eye on the big picture while skillfully managing the details. Daniel's goal is never to elongate a landlord-tenant dispute but to resolve it as quickly, efficiently, and as inexpensively as possible, taking into account time, risk, and attorneys' fees.

A real estate investor himself, Daniel is also the broker of record for Bay Property Group, a full-service property management company and real estate brokerage focused on developing and maintaining successful rentals. With his depth and breadth of experience, many litigators have called upon him to testify as an expert witness in cases revolving around landlord-tenant, property management, leasing, and liability issues.

A renowned speaker at numerous events and online meetups, Daniel prides himself on explaining legal topics germane to the rental housing industry in an easily digestible fashion, with a special place in his heart for small mom-and-pop landlords who are most prone to making mistakes in a complicated and unforgiving regulatory regime.

Among other academic highlights, Daniel quite literally gained a global perspective as a Visiting Professor of Law at Donetsk State University in Ukraine, where he lectured on real estate, municipal, and business law, and was instrumental in implementing academic reform by conducting meaningful research in the Ukrainian privatization of state property.

A proud father of five, Daniel lives in Oakland and enjoys painting, infusing his works with urban primitive angst with a bit of humor inspired by graffiti artists and simply doodling.



University California, Berkeley School of Law – Boalt Hall
Juris Doctor, 1992

  • Recipient of the S. K. Yee Academic Excellence Scholarship

  • International Tax & Business Lawyer Journal Staff Editor

State University of New York, Albany
Master of Arts, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, 1997

  • Presidential Scholar

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1988

  • Phi Beta Kappa – Honor Society

  • James B. Angell Academic Excellence Scholar

In the media

As the ally of rental property owners, Daniel has appeared in numerous media outlets to articulate the position of landlords in an era when political rhetoric and laws fall squarely on the side of tenants.





Watch online meetups

Daniel has been privileged to host webinars or be invited to speak to groups seeking to make sense of a deluge of state laws, local ordinances, and government edicts that housing providers must comply with, and offer strategies to survive and thrive in a maddening legal landscape.

Watch some of them here »

Professional Associations

As an ambassador for rental property owners and the professionals who serve them, Daniel is proud to join a network of like-minded people.

  • Member – CAA: Legal, Liability, Judicial Procedures & the Courts Policy Subcommittee, 2013- present

  • Director – Rental Housing Association of Northern Alameda County, 2009-2012

  • Member – San Francisco Association of Realtors

  • Member – National Association of Residential Property Managers

  • Affiliate Member – Professional Property Management Association of San Francisco

  • Contributing Writer and Affiliate Member – San Francisco Apartment Association

  • Affiliate Member – Tri-County Apartment Association

  • Affiliate Member – California Apartment Association

  • Member – Real Property Law Section, State Bar of California Bar

  • Member – Bar Association of San Francisco

In accomplishing the goals of clients, Daniel does not work on an island. Meet his colleagues.

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