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.

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

We've put together information, graphics, videos, and insights to help you understand the process of accessing funds and how to best manage landlord-tenant relationships.

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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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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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Video: Webinar on COPA →
Quoted in the media: Our thoughts on COPA →


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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 →