KNOWLEDGE BASE / WEEKLY DIGESTS

In an effort to keep the rental property industry informed, we regularly share what's on our radar.

December 16, 2019
Dozens of cities have enacted emergency stopgap measures to forestall a binge of rent hikes and evictions, but San Francisco has doubled down on protections by expanding eviction controls to a vast stock of post-1979 buildings. On another note, we share the findings of the San Francisco Task Force on Compulsive Hoarding.

November 27, 2019
In this Thanksgiving message, turkeys are not only the animals top of mind. New federal guidelines have signaled a distrust of comfort or emotional support animals without medical documentation. We also throw out some New Year resolutions for rental property owners.

November 19, 2019
We discuss the difficult task of transitioning caregivers, roommates, beneficiaries and others who refuse to leave the estate home or rental property when the owner passes. Berkeley's ban on criminal background screening serves as a good springboard to address the larger issue of handling the rental applications of ex-offenders. We also introduce some cool technological tools to calculate CPI for rent increases and planning an Accessory Dwelling Unit.

November 7, 2019
We chime in on the tragic shootings in Orinda and offer some takeaways for owners who engage in short-term rentals. Our friend and a supremely capable employment attorney breaks down the laws surrounding the compensation of resident managers.

October 31, 2010
Continuing a long and rancorous debate, Mountain View looks to tweak its rent control ordinance. We alert owners that for month-to-month tenancies, increased notice is required when raising rents more than 10%. Relaxed ADU regulations are also discussed.

October 20, 2019
After statewide rent caps and eviction controls are passed, we break down what this means to your rental business, if anything. Men and women in uniform are afforded increased tenant protections under state law, and we add context to San Francisco's Community Opportunity to Purchase Act.

October 6, 2019
In a relaxed regulatory regime, we express renewed optimism that Accessory Dwelling Units can be a tiny solution to a big problem. We also share our preliminary thoughts on statewide rent caps and eviction controls sure to become law.

September 19, 2019
We thank the hundreds of attendees at our Fort Mason seminar on new and morphing laws, and summarize what we discussed in these slides.

August 29, 2019
We cover new regulations regarding the sale of multi-unit properties. Alameda attempts to fine tune its laws, and the math changes when serving 30-day notices.

August 1, 2019
We accentuate the importance of communication between the landlord and tenant, and take on proactive housing inspection programs. COPA is also a discussion point.

July 8, 2019
We explore tenant buyout agreements in-depth. In other news, we survey Hayward's Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance, and chronicle Concord's soul searching on rent and eviction controls.

June 16, 2019
COPA is in focus and we examine the psychological profiles of tenants. We remind owners of new rules surrounding emergency regress and automatic garage doors and share presentation slides from a recent event.