After helping our client recover possession of their rental unit over the course of a three-day trial, the unanimous jury verdict sends a clear message that COVID-19 protections should be reserved for tenants with a genuine financial hardship and cannot be used as a license for renters to engage in menacing behavior that creates a nuisance in and around the rental unit.

It is also an encouraging signal that courts have reopened for business. 

Tragically, San Francisco businesses already hanging on by their fingernails have been subjected to yet another wave of restrictions because of COVID.

We are heartened to see a great number of landlords work with their tenants to keep these small businesses afloat and hope these cooperative efforts continue.

Still top of mind for commercial property owners is when rent owed can be recovered, and we’ve put together a one-page “cheat sheet” to understand the chronology.
Holiday message from Daniel Bornstein
Talk about warp speed. It seems like not too long ago we were sending out a holiday message on the eve of new tenant protections that rung in 2020.

Little did we know then that an already arcane regulatory regime would get much more complicated after a worldwide pandemic reared its ugly head.

We’d like to think we have been there for you throughout these difficult times but more importantly, you have been there for us and we are immensely grateful. 

There is no guarantee that 2021 will be any smoother a ride, but with the courts returning to a semi-state of normalcy, we will have more traditional tools at our disposal to resolve landlord-tenant disputes.

As has always been the case, however, we only want to use litigation as a last resort and fervently hope that any friction that arises in and around rental units is resolved amicably, taking into account time, risk, and attorneys’ fees. 

No matter how you celebrate, Bornstein Law wishes you a blessed season and we absolutely renew our commitment to navigate the minefields that are sure to lie ahead. 

To our valued clients, colleagues, referral and industry partners, Happy Holidays. 
New Year's resolutions for landlords and property managers

To continue an annual tradition, Bornstein Law has thought about how our community can reset and power through their real estate challenges in a New Year, taking into account what we've learned from the last.

Be sociable.