What Can I do if the Tenant Claims Rent is Above Fair Market?

What Can I do if the Tenant Claims Rent is Above Fair Market? Understanding that I am not obligated to offer a rent reduction, can tenants successfully argue that their current rent is now above market value through the Rent Board or another forum?  There is a common misperception about...

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Short-Term Rental Law

I would like to rent the units in my duplex furnished for short-term three month stays, and wait until rents are up again before finding a long-term tenant.  Is this legal? The short answer is “no,” this is not legal anymore.  In July of 2020, the Board of Supervisors passed...

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Options During the COVID Era

Our tenant has not paid rent since March, claiming COVID-19 hardships.  We believe he is still working.  What are our options? The COVID-19 crisis has forced us as an industry to instantly reevaluate how we do business.  As most of us now know, once the pandemic became pronounced in early...

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Temporary Rent Reduction Agreements

Before the COVID-19 crisis changed our world, owners were usually not asked to temporarily reduce or forbear a tenant’s rent.  That reality has now changed, as unemployment numbers are off the charts and incomes are drying up.  Rent Board decisions in the past have held that where a landlord agrees...

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A Tenant May Have More than One Residence

If a rent controlled unit is not the master tenant’s primary address, can the rent be raised to market rate? Not necessarily.  For the past 25 years we have written about the benefits of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a state law which permits an owner to impose an unrestricted...

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