Shaping a narrative from the perspective of rental property owners

In an era when the political rhetoric often falls squarely on the side of tenants, Bornstein Law tells the story through the lens of owners.
A package of new state laws was designed to create a backyard building boom, but even as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), or in-law units, have been sprouting up in the region, San Francisco owners face maddening regulations in legalizing existing structures that are illegal.

Daniel Bornstein tells a local media outlet that dozens of landlords have elected to give up on their rental business, rather than undergoing the aggravation and expense of bringing units up to compliance.

Interviewed by an ABC affiliate , he also expressed concern over a rising movement to withhold rent unless buildings are sold to third party non-profits. Constructive tenant advocacy, we feel, should not morph into a heavy-handed extortion plot. 

This movement is emboldened by the attention Moms 4 Housing has garnered over the affordable housing dearth, but Daniel told the East Bay Times that measures that give certain organizations preferential treatment in the purchase of multi-unit properties up for sale are no substitute for making hard public policy decisions.

Also on our radar are statewide rent and eviction controls. Our March webinar is fast approaching and so we invite you to register if you haven't already done so.

Finally, if you don't want to watch the video, you can read the book in our updated guide on legislation that is still shrouded in mystery to many in the landlording community.

Dedicated to the advocacy of our clientele,

~ The landlord allies at Bornstein Law

When owners attempt to legalize an illegal unit, maddening regulations can stand in the way. Daniel tells KPIX CBS that owners are caught between a rock and a hard place.

In his talk to this ABC affiliate, Daniel expresses the concern that constructive tenant advocacy can morph into a heavy-handed extortion plot. Some Oakland residents say they won’t pay the rent unless the building is sold to a 3rd Party Non-Profit. The non-profit uses the tenant dispute to enlarge its real estate holdings – not pretty.
After municipalities throughout the Bay Area have enacted or floated proposals to give certain vetted organizations the first opportunity to purchase multi-unit properties or tenants themselves to purchase their building, Daniel says this may be a Band-Aid fix that doesn't get to the root of the problem.

In our last webinar , on statewide rent control 101, we gave an overview. On March 6th, we'll answer several questions we fielded.