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San Francisco Tenant Buyout Ordinance Amendments Slated for 2020

On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved several amendments to San Francisco’s tenant buyout ordinance, which is part of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance. Introduced by Supervisor Hillary Ronen, the amendments, which include defining certain eviction lawsuit settlements as buyout agreements and allowing tenants ...

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Oakland Tenants Now Have Ban the Box Rights in Housing

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Oakland became the first city in California to ban criminal background checks in nearly all rental housing units. The Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, effective immediately, prohibits landlords from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants. Covered units include subsidized affordable and nonprofit housing units. Accessory ...

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How California Tenants Are Charging Electric Vehicles at Home

With more than 1.18 million electric vehicles (“EV”) on American roads today, EV charging is quickly becoming a desirable rental housing amenity. Predictably, most EV owners charge their vehicles at home. Whilst tenants renting single-family homes can easily install a personal EV charging station, tenants in apartment buildings traditionally faced ...

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Beginning in 2020, 90 Days’ Notice for Rent Increases Above 10% for California Tenants

Unless regulated by local rent ordinance, rent increase notices are regulated by state law, specifically California Civil Code section 827. Faced with a housing affordability crisis wreaking havoc throughout the state, the California Legislature recently extended the rent increase notice periods so California tenants can prepare for and respond to ...

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Oakland Rent Ordinance Basics

The Oakland Rent Ordinance consists of a rent control component, which protects tenants from drastic rent increases, and a just cause for eviction component, which limits when a landlord may serve an eviction. Despite providing tenants numerous protections, the Oakland Rent Ordinance does not cover every tenancy. Continue reading to ...

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