Oakland Property Owners File Landmark Suit Against City Over $1.5 Billion Garbage Deal

Legal Action Seeks to Overturn Contracts that Sent Trash and Recycling Rates Skyrocketing - Written by EBRHA - Posted Jun 29, 2016

Oakland (June 29, 2016) —The City of Oakland’s trash and recycling contracts represent an unfair and improper tax and are therefore unconstitutional under California law, according to a landmark lawsuit filed today by three multiunit property owners in the city. The lawsuit accuses city officials of mishandling negotiations with Waste Management and California Waste Solutions and allowing fees to be imposed on multifamily properties that far exceed the cost of provided services. By agreeing to keep the rates for single-family owners flat, the...

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Legal Q&A – Beyond Normal Wear & Tear?

Can property owners pass on costs for recurring repairs? - Written by Jason Mauck - Posted May 18, 2016

Legal Q&A – Beyond Normal Wear & Tear?

Q. My tenant has called me for the third time asking me to fix a clog in her bathroom drain. After the plumber inspected the drain and fixed it, he discovered that it was hair clogging it, likely due to the tenant shaving or cutting their hair over the sink. This is the third time it’s happened in a six month period, and the plumber says it’s the same culprit every time. Can I pass some of the costs to the tenants or can I issue a notice so that they stop doing this? A. What a hairy situation! Okay, I’ll stop. Let’s take a step back and look...

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Legal Q&A – Subtenants in Your Rental Units

Owner’s rights under the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. - Written by Clifford Fried - Posted May 10, 2016

Legal Q&A – Subtenants in Your Rental Units

Q. I had two tenants sign a rental agreement and now one of the two is moving and wants his friend to take his place. What should an owner do when an original occupant who took possession under the rental agreement with the owner moves out, no longer permanently resides in the unit, and a replacement roommate takes the place of the departing original occupant? My property is in Oakland and is subject to the Rent Adjustment Ordinance. A. The Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act permits an owner to raise the rent to market to a subtenant or...

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