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San Francisco Imposes Additional Requirements on Property Owners Looking to Build ADUs; Increases Consequences of Removing Tenant Housing Services

Beginning December 12, 2021, property owners must meet additional requirements to add Additional Dwelling Units, or ADUs, under the San Francisco local program. In San Francisco, there are several different ADU programs available to property owners.… Read More
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Thinking of Utilizing SB 9 in San Francisco? Better Act Fast.

The Legislature has passed a series of increasingly aggressive housing laws that loosen local zoning requirements and remove local discretion over housing projects. One of the latest bills, SB 9, permits owners of certain properties in urban, single-… Read More
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Is It Legal to Include a Relocation Clause in My Commercial Leases?

California is one of the most renter-friendly states in the nation, as evidenced by the recent imposition of statewide rent control and other legal precedents. In an environment such as this, you may desire to include relocation clauses in the lease… Read More
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What You Need To Know About San Francisco Rental Unit Registration Ordinance

On December 18, 2020, San Francisco adopted Ordinance 265-20, which implements the City’s first rental unit registration ordinance. With Proposition 21 on the ballot in November of 2020, the Board of Supervisors was poised to implement vacancy cont… Read More
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AB 1584: An Attempt to Cure HOA Compliance Issues Caused by AB 3182

Prior to 2021, Homeowners’ Associations (“HOAs”) had fairly broad discretion to prohibit rentals in condominium communities. AB 3182, effective January 1, 2021, added Civil Code section 4741, which imposed limitations on this broad authority, i… Read More
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What You Need To Know About the Alameda County Eviction Moratorium

The state’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium expired on September 30, 2021, for everyone in Northern California, with the exception of Alameda County. The Alameda County Eviction Moratorium protects tenants from all evictions unless they are being evic… Read More
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How California's Newly Enacted Senate Bills 9 and 10 Impact Statewide Single-Family Zoning

On September 16, 2021, Governor Newsom signed a pair of bills, Senate Bills (SB) 9 and 10, which mark a continuing effort by the California Legislature to support the expansion of the state’s housing production. SB 9 permits owners of certain prope… Read More
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Covid-19 Eviction Moratoriums Expired: What Now?

The hefty COVID-19 eviction moratoriums have recently expired at the state level. Does this mean evictions are back to “business as usual?” Not exactly; the old rules for eviction actions, called unlawful detainers (“UDs”), have been replaced… Read More
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Preparing Your Tenants for The End of Eviction Bans

While the country was trying to move through a pandemic and support people who experienced job loss and other financial difficulties, legislators passed state and federal moratoriums on evictions. These freezes gave some relief to tenants but still p… Read More
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ZF Law Announces the Election of Two Senior Associates – Emily Lowther Brough and Justin Goodman – to Shareholders of The Firm Effective July 1, 2021.

“These two attorneys are each distinguished in areas that set Zacks & Freedman apart as a premier real estate law firm,” said Shareholder Andrew Zacks. “I appreciate the ways they show their commitment to their work and values in their serv… Read More
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