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Concord Residential Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance

Concord Residential Tenant

Concord’s Residential Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance (Concord Municipal Code 19.50) became effective on July 28, 2022.  The Ordinance protects tenants of residential buildings against harassment by their landlords. There is also a new Rent Control and Eviction Ordinance in Concord, California.  To read more about it, click here. The Ordinance protects any tenant of a residential property, including […]

A primer on reasonable accommodations

Concord Residential Tenant

In California, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) prohibits discrimination and retaliation on the basis of a tenant’s protected characteristic. In the housing context, FEHA applies to real estate agents, landlords, property management companies, home sellers, mortgage lenders, housing authorities, and other housing providers. CA Gov. Code § 12955. FEHA prohibits discrimination against tenants […]

SF eviction moratorium protects tenants accruing Covid-related rental debt post-July 2022

Concord Residential Tenant

Many tenants are not aware that San Francisco’s eviction moratorium related to Covid rental debt is still in effect as of February 2023. Here is guidance from the City’s website: Local Eviction Protections for Tenants Beginning July 1, 2022 Landlords and tenants should be aware that Mayor Breed signed legislation that prohibits landlords from evicting residential tenants for non-payment […]

Renters rights and housing on the ballot

Concord Residential Tenant

With the increased cost of housing outpacing wage growth, rent control issues, including stricter eviction protections were on the ballot throughout the State. The results prove that there is a strong appetite within the electorate to pass stronger tenant protections and to curtail rampant speculation and greed driving up costs in the housing market. Oakland, […]

Poor habitability violates tenant rights and can lead to personal injury

Concord Residential Tenant

Every person deserves to live in a home environment that is clean and reasonably free of hazards. For those who rent, there are laws that protect them from living in conditions that are harmful to their health or lead to personal injury accidents. As a tenant, you have rights. By using the law, you can […]

Oakland rent increase adjusted downward; Santa Monica set to allow a 6% increase.

Concord Residential Tenant

Pursuant to the formula, which ties the local Oakland rent increase to the regional Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase, the Oakland Rent Board published a 6.7% allowable rent increase that was set to go into effect on July 1, 2022. Given the staggering increase, after some public outcry, the City Council adopted a resolution to […]

Heat is a minimum and essential habitability requirement.

Concord Residential Tenant

I should not have to write this. Yet, I find myself reminding landlords and management companies that heat is an essential and minimum habitability requirement under California state and local laws. Too often, landlords refuse to provide any heat, refuse to maintain heating facilities in working order or supply insufficient heating facilities that fail to […]

On whether your landlord can raise rent to market rate post-pandemic.

Concord Residential Tenant

It depends. But, if the decision to lower your rent was based upon a reflection of market conditions/due to the decrease in the market (as opposed to COVID-related financial distress) then generally, no, they cannot. Even if the landlord’s decision was not based on market factors, they may be prohibited from raising your rent to […]