EBRHA’s Rental Housing Blog

Q&A on Richmond’s New Rent Control Ordinance

What rental property owners need to know about the new Richmond ordinance, effective December 30, 2016. - Written by Matthew Quiring - Posted Dec 30, 2016

Q&A on Richmond’s New Rent Control Ordinance

On November 8, 2016, voters in the Bay Area expanded the reach of rent and eviction control throughout the greater Bay Area. On December 30, 2016, the Richmond “Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction and Homeowner Protection Ordinance” went into effect, rolling back rents to July 21, 2015, and requiring “just cause” for most evictions in the city. Which Units are Covered by the Richmond Ordinance? As in other cities, there are two aspects to the ordinance: eviction control and rent control. Eviction control effectively applies to any property...

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New Laws for 2017

RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS & MANAGERS GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA’S NEW LAWS EFFECTIVE 2017 - Written by Ron Kingston - Posted Oct 6, 2016

New Laws for 2017

California is notorious for enacting more new laws every year than any other state. Every year, the California legislature introduces hundreds of bills that are discussed, voted on, and then signed into law. Many of these bills directly impact the rental housing industry. With all the changes in law from year to year, it is sometimes hard to keep up. That is why our lobbying team created this end-of-the-year guide, to keep our members apprised of the ever-changing laws and regulations impacting our industry. This year, our lobbying team, the...

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An Energy Savings Success Story

Energy assessment and incentives help an EBRHA member save energy and improve tenant comfort. - Written by Candis Mary-Dauphin - Posted May 18, 2016

An Energy Savings Success Story

When EBRHA member Irina Gelfenbeyn purchased a 6 unit apartment building in San Leandro, she had a long list of upgrades she planned to tackle. She specializes in property development, and making immediate improvements to a building’s performance is a key component of her business model. So when she heard about a Bay Area program that offers free consulting and $750 per unit to help improve the energy efficiency performance of multifamily buildings, she decided to look into it. Lots of Work Ahead When Irina first purchased the 64 year old San...

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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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Take Charge of Your Property

Simple tips to reduce costs, increase ROI and protect your buildings. - Written by John Caronna - Posted May 18, 2016

Take Charge of Your Property

Whether you are a new rental property owner, or you want to improve your property management skills, here are several basic yet vitally important areas to focus on. From organizing your paperwork, to looking at ways to increase your current income, and getting the most out of an upcoming vacancy, all these areas are equally important for your rental business. Paperwork From Previous Owner If you are in the process of acquiring a new property, be sure to obtain the following items from the previous owner: all leases (if the property is in...

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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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It’s a Great Time to Buy & Sell

Real estate experts haven’t seen such a strong market since the 1980’s - Written by John Caronna - Posted Dec 8, 2015

It’s a Great Time to Buy & Sell

It is a great time to buy an investment property in the East Bay, and at the same time, it is also a great time to sell. All of us who live in the Bay Area know that rents have been on the upsurge for the last 12 months. A quick search of Craigslist rentals is an eye opening experience, as renters are paying in excess of $2,100-$2,600 for a two bedroom in many areas of Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek and Pleasanton. In very desirable areas, such as Piedmont, Lafayette or Moraga, rents are even higher. I just helped clients rent an...

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