Oakland Council Using Misleading Information Against Rental Owners

Facts Show Fewer Evictions, Lower Average Rent Costs Than Numbers Cited by Renter Groups - Written by EBRHA - Posted May 17, 2016

OAKLAND – (May 17, 2016) Oakland officials are using misleading and unsupported data about rent increases and ignoring new information on court-approved eviction rates to justify new housing rules designed to further punish rental property owners in the city, according to a survey of rent-controlled property owners and multiple analyses of eviction data. The survey of the owners of nearly 2,200 rent-controlled units in the city found average rents cited by city officials to justify the recent moratorium were overstated by 100 percent. In...

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t unfairly harm the property owners

"If you want to solve the housing shortage, you need to build more housing." - Written by Nathan Durham-Hammer, EBRHA Member - Posted May 15, 2016

Don’t unfairly harm the property owners Tammerlin Drummond makes it sound as if greedy Oakland property owners are pushing renters out of their apartments for no reason, just to make a quick buck (“Battles grow over housing shortage,” April 30). Rental owners cannot and do not — by law — evict renters for no cause. Besides, the number of actual evictions in the city aren’t anywhere near as high as renter advocates want you to believe. The 12,000 yearly figure Drummond cited represents notifications to the...

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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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