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Real Estate - Rent Board Mediation

Rent Board Mediation

The Bay Area has numerous cities that have various forms of rent and eviction control ordinances. These rules, which are designed to help provide fair and stable rents, can be challenging to landlords and limit the way landlords can react to changing market conditions.  Even in cities with strong rent control laws, landlords do have some options available to them.  As an example, rent increases due to increased operating or maintenance expenses or capital improvement expenses may be allowed depending on specific regulations.  Mistakes can be costly.  Not correctly interpreting these complicated laws can cost a landlord a chance to evict, and may also subject the landlord to a financial penalty for an attempted wrongful eviction.

In cities where there is rent control, landlords must be aware of the added restrictions on evictions.  In order to prevent landlords from evicting tenants for the sole purpose of obtaining a new tenant at a higher rent, landlords are limited in their scope of reasons to evict.  A few local ordinances require landlords to have a “just cause” before any eviction proceedings can go forward.

“Just Cause“ reasons could include:

  • Unpaid rent or frequently bounced checks.
  • Illegal activities  such as operating a grow house, drug dealing, prostitution
  • Substantially damaging the property
  • Landlords desire to move into the property

Landlords who violate these restrictions when evicting tenants often face substantial civil penalties. The Law Offices of Pirrone & Pirrone, LLP can help you to maintain productive relationships with your tenants and solve problems experienced by many Bay Area landlords.

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