Those of you who are followers of my blog know that I post Items from time to time about current California legislation relating to real property issues. While the last several months witnessed several impactful high-profile legislative proposals and enacted statutes that garnered a great deal of attention, the most recent session of the California legislature that ended last … [Read more...] about Post year-end update on several new California laws affecting real estate
The City of San Jose has been embroiled in Silicon Valley’s clashes over rent control for some time now. As I previously reported in this blog, the San Jose City Council enacted two ordinances in April 2017 that imposed additional obligations on landlords in their dealings with tenants, requiring “just cause” to evict tenants and placing a variety of targeted restrictions on … [Read more...] about “Once more unto the breach, dear friends”: San Jose revisits its landlord-tenant rules
California’s ongoing housing crisis continues to pose a serious threat to this state’s economic well-being. I have previously noted in my blog the efforts made by the state government at the very end of its last legislative session to ameliorate this troubling situation. A number of Silicon Valley jurisdictions have also tried to address the housing needs of their communities … [Read more...] about Ninth Circuit upholds San Francisco ordinance regulating landlords’ handling of tenant buyouts
In the latest pitched skirmish of the rent control wars being waged across the San Francisco Bay Area in the past couple of years, the City of San Jose has just passed two pieces of legislation, each with the professed purpose of providing help to tenants in their relationships with their landlords. After a seven-hour hearing on April 18 that included more than four hours of … [Read more...] about San Jose adopts expansive new laws meant to favor renters—but do they?
Over the past several years, the already high cost of housing in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area has risen precipitously, which has made the subject of rent control an unavoidable topic of discussion here, including in my blog. Nowhere in the region is this issue more contentious than in San Francisco, where landlords, tenants, lawmakers and the courts have been grappling with … [Read more...] about More bad news for San Francisco’s tenant relocation payment law