Abandonment by residential and commercial tenants is an issue that frequently arises in California. Effective January 1, 2019, the statutory provisions relating to a landlord establishing a legal abandonment will be revised. Civil Code Section 1951.3 will be restricted only to residential real property, with the Legislature creating a new Civil Code Section 1951.35 for…

A few months ago, I posted an article concerning Proposition 10, which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and significantly expand the reach of rent control within California. Unsurprisingly, this has proven to be a controversial proposition with significant forces favoring and opposing its passage. While the LA Times has endorsed the measure, the…

I’ve written a few blog posts over the past few months about SB 35 and its potential as a game-changer in more expeditiously getting development projects entitled and approved by local jurisdictions. Just this week, Cupertino approved a massive mixed-use development (with almost 3,000 units of new housing) after the City determined that it fell…

For Bay Area real estate developers, NIMBYS, YIMBYS, and interested residents, there is a very interesting and controversial bill (AB 2923) making its way through the California State Assembly and Senate and heading to Governor Brown’s desk for review. The crux of this bill would require BART to specially zone its parking lots, vacant land,…

Interesting link below concerning a few thoughts/tools for investing in real estate in California… https://www.forbes.com/sites/ingowinzer/2018/03/01/investing-in-california-real-estate-here-are-a-few-things-you-should-know/#64563ce66d6e

A few months back, I drafted a blog entry concerning SB 35, which was enacted to streamline the incredibly time-consuming entitlement and environmental review process for certain developments in California. In that March 16th blog post, I had referenced a pending project in Berkeley where the developer had invoked SB 35 in an effort to…

SB 2, which went into effect on January 1, 2018, acted to implement an additional $75 recording fee for most real estate documents, up to $225 per transaction. The fee applies to any deed, grant deed, trustee’s deed, deed of trust, reconveyance, quit claim deed, fictitious deed of trust, assignment of deed of trust, request…

I’ve included a link below to an interesting recent article concerning a bid to repeal the predominant residential rent control statute in California, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which was enacted into law in the 1990’s. If this measure does indeed qualify for the November ballot, there is no doubt that an enormous amount of…

I just wanted to follow up briefly on my last blog post from a few weeks ago highlighting a local developer invoking SB 35 on a controversial project in Berkeley. Since then, another developer at a high profile proposed development, this one in Cupertino near the new Apple campus, has turned to SB 35 to…

I’ve included a link below to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle concerning a proposed development in Berkeley and the implications of the recently enacted SB 35 here in California. While this developer is one of the first to invoke the provisions of SB 35, this may become an increasingly popular tool for…

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