Category Archives: Rental Market

Rental News – Some Woodland Park Residents Now Must Show ID to Pay Rent

Residents of Woodland Park apartments recently learned Alliance Residential, the property management company that manages the East Palo Alto building, is now requiring tenants to show their ID when they pay their rents. The new requirement was immediately met with protests by the building’s residents who protested outside the headquarters of Alliance Residential with the […]

NO ON PROP. 10

In a study released this week, a UC Berkeley economist warns that repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act would worsen the state’s housing shortage. The paper, authored by Kenneth T. Rosen and available here, focuses on the potential impacts of Proposition 10, a Nov. 6 ballot measure that would overturn 1995’s Costa-Hawkins Act. TO GET […]

Tenant Relocation during Maintenance & Repairs

Once a property owner has entered into a rental agreement with a tenant and has handed over the keys, the tenant has the exclusive right to possession of the dwelling unit. Moreover, when tenants enter into the rental agreement, the owner agrees to provide the premises (in a habitable condition) in exchange for the tenant’s […]

Habitability Maintenance and Repair Responsibilities of the Owner and Tenant

  California law requires residential rental property owners to deliver and maintain their rental units in a habitable condition, this legal principle is called the warranty of habitability. Though originally created by the California Supreme Court in 1974, the California Legislature has codified many of the principles of the warranty of habitability in the Civil […]

When is a Pet Not a Pet? Accommodating Persons with Disabilities

I INTRODUCTION Many property owners protect their investment by not allowing any (or certain types) of pets on the property due to possible damage by the pet and the fact that existing law may not allow for an adequate security deposit to cover the damage. However, recent laws on fair housing and accommodating persons with […]