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Berkeley Tenants Protected from Landlord Harassment

Unlawful entry, failing to cash rent payments, threats of violence, and coercing a tenant into vacating are forms of landlord harassment prohibited in Berkeley.  Spurred by the housing crisis, Berkeley landlords often harass tenants protected by the Berkeley Rent Ordinance into abandoning their home, which frees the unit for a ...

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Trump Suspends Federal Housing Evictions Due to Coronavirus/COVID-19

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, President Trump announced his intention to suspend all evictions of tenants in federal housing through April 30, 2020, in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The nationwide eviction moratorium comes after several U.S. cities and counties, including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Los Angeles, have ...

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Los Angeles County Emergency Coronavirus No-Fault Eviction Moratorium Through May 2020

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced a moratorium halting all no-fault evictions due to the Coronavirus. The eviction moratorium applies to residential and commercial tenancies, and is retroactive from March 4, 2020. It remains in place through May 31, 2020. The eviction moratorium comes ...

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Owner Move-In Evictions Under the Berkeley Rent Ordinance

Under the Berkeley Rent Ordinance, landlords are permitted to terminate a tenancy to perform an owner move-in eviction or relative move-in eviction, which requires the owner or relative to reside in the unit as their principal residence following the eviction.  Despite being a lawful good cause eviction reason, the owner, ...

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San Francisco Tenants Now Protected by Coronavirus Eviction Moratorium

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Mayor London Breed enacted a moratorium on residential evictions related to financial impacts and disruption caused by Coronavirus.  Effective immediately, the San Francisco Coronavirus eviction moratorium prohibits evictions of San Francisco tenants who suffered loss of income due to business closure, reduction of hours or ...

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San Jose Adopts Moratorium on Evictions Relating to Coronavirus

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, San Jose city leaders adopted a temporary moratorium on evictions of San Jose tenants related to the Coronavirus. The San Jose eviction moratorium will remain in effect for at least thirty days. It will protect San Jose tenants demonstrating an inability to pay rent due ...

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San Jose Tenants Affected by Coronavirus to Likely Gain Eviction Protections

With the Coronavirus outbreak and the disease it causes – COVID 19 – rapidly spreading throughout San Jose and the greater Bay Area, many local government officials have announced recommendations to reduce the spread and prevent person to person transmission. These measures range from small, such as frequent hand washing, to ...

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Berkeley Security Deposit Interest

Astanehe Law's Berkeley Security Deposit Interest

The Berkeley Rent Ordinance requires landlords to pay tenants interest on their security deposits.  Berkeley Municipal Code § 13.76.070.  Most Berkeley tenants can expect a security deposit payment every December.  The Berkeley Security Deposit Interest law applies to nearly all residential tenancies in Berkeley, even tenants not covered by Berkeley ...

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Berkeley Rent Control

The Berkeley Rent Ordinance’s rent control protections (“Berkeley Rent Control”) keep Berkeley tenants housed by limiting rent increases to reasonable amounts.  For units protected by Berkeley Rent Control, the landlord is limited to annual increases set by the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board. The Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board refers to these annual ...

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San Francisco Security Deposit Interest

Astanehe Law's San Francisco Security Deposit Interest

The San Francisco Rent Ordinance requires landlords to pay tenants interest on their security deposits. San Francisco Administrative Code § 49.2.  This law applies to all residential tenancies in San Francisco, even tenants not covered by other provisions of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance.   However, this law does not cover tenants ...

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