Continuing a long tradition of educating the rental property industry

Ironically, the only constant in the law and landlording rules is change. Bornstein Law is dedicated to keeping landlords, property managers and real estate professionals abreast of an ever-changing regulatory regime and doing so in an easily digestible fashion.

A replay of our most recent online event

In our latest webinar, Daniel Bornstein provides an overview of Senate Bill 91 and eviction moratoriums as we transition into the summer. He provides some soliloquy on how to manage rent debt that has accrued during the pandemic, rent increases, and exploring a voluntary move out.

Understand the landlording rules during the age of COVID and how to to recoup missed rent

After being in a long state of ambiguity, landlords bereft of rental income now have clarity in the law and can recoup rent debt that has accrued during certain times of the public health crisis. We've put together information and insights to help make sense of it all and hopefully come out on the other side of the pandemic unscathed.

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Weekly rundowns

Don't miss a beat. We religiously send emails to our clients, partners, and friends about what is top of mind.

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We do not only report the developments that impact our community but provide informed insights on how to survive and thrive in challenging times.

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Videos & Webinars

Although we prefer to take the personal approach by meeting with groups in person, we have become acclimated to the new normal of online events and you can peruse some previous ones here.

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Download our security deposit deduction guide

Rest assured that one of the first things on the mind of outgoing tenants - even before thinking about how to maneuver their giant sofa around that tight corner - is if and when the security deposit will be returned. What is normal wear and tear?

In this one-page PDF, we take the insecurity out of security deposits.

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Hoarding is a vexing problem for landlords and property managers. This challenging subject should be addressed with compassion and a sound understanding of the law.



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.

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We religiously send out email broadcasts on ever-changing laws and rules. Get the latest news and insights germane to the rental property industry by joining our growing family of subscribers.

Recent Email alerts sent to our clients and friends:

May 28th: Governor Newsom sweetens the pot by announcing a plan for landlords to recover the full 100% of COVID-related rent debt that has accrued. We admonish landlords to serve belated notices of rights afforded under SB 91 if they haven't already done so. A study on when employees and students will return to the Bay Area. Proposal in San Francisco to erase commercial rent debt and our thoughts on domestic violence in rental units.


May 18th: We share the replay of our webinar with new legal updates germane to landlords and property managers as our community emerges on the other side of the pandemic.


May 11th: After Governor Newsom signaled his intent to make landlords whole, we give our assessment on how rental assistance programs have been progressing so far in a podcast. The grade is a C+ at best.


May 7th: We give a less than raving review of dysfunctional rental assistance programs. A Biden administration looks to roll back gains on 1031 exchanges and we make our case against the ill-conceived measure. New legislation will require landlords to offer tenants the opportunity to have their rental history reported to the credit bureaus and we offer our takes.


April 29th: We attempt to answer the question of whether rent prices have bottomed out and take a look at proposed legislation that would give landlords the added burden of furnishing disclosures to lease guarantors in 5 different languages.


April 21st: The tenants' right to counsel movement percolates to the statehouse and promises to ratchet up the legal costs of landlords. Efforts are amplified to put single-family laws on the chopping block. Sensible legislation puts people over parking with the goal of adding sorely need housing stock.


April 14th: We offer some soliloquy on the dual threats of a bill that pounces on the Ellis Act and another proposal that aims to establish a vast rental registry.


April 6th: Download a complimentary guide on applying for rental assistance funds we prepared. With housing discrimination lawsuits proliferating, we admonish landlords not to summarily deny Section 8 housing vouchers and offer some other commentary on fair housing laws.


March 25th: We've put together a handy flowchart so that you can easily understand the process of obtaining the funds rental housing providers need to get back on their feet and get cash flowing again.


March 16th: We announce that California's online portal for landlords and tenants to apply for their share COVID-related rent debt is live.


Statewide rent control

Although overshadowed by the pandemic, let's understand what statewide rent and eviction controls. In response to the grievances against escalating rents, epic commutes and gentrification, the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB 1482) was inked into law. Bornstein Law can help ensure you are compliant and offer a strategy to cauterize risk and optimize your real estate investment.



San Francisco's Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA)

If you or a client is looking to buy or sell a multi-unit building, be aware that qualified nonprofits must be the first to come to the table and given deference when matching offers from private buyers. Bornstein Law can guide you through a new regulatory regime when buildings with 3 or more units go on the market.

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Ever since Airbnb was born on our home soil of San Francisco, Bornstein Law has been pioneers in the modern-day iteration of the temporary flop. As we predicted, the law has caught up with technology, but risk abounds.

In the media: Daniel Bornstein questions whether peer-to-peer websites are good citizens after being asked to respond to the "Airbnb Mansion Party" Halloween night tragedy →
From the blog: Peruse our articles about the evolving legal issues surrounding short-term rentals →
Ominous warning: See what San Francisco is religiously mailing out to rogue hosts →