In a nutshell: Rent increases capped, mandatory mediation and binding arbitration has been established, just causes to evict are required, and discrimination against Section 8 tenants is prohibited.
Bay Property Group attributes our success in building long term relationships to taking care of landlords and tenants alike, yet as we noted in earlier posts, it’s no secret to anyone that the Bay Area is an expensive place to live. With the high cost of living, it’s no surprise that there have been calls for increased tenants’ protections.
We love owners and we have a big heart for tenants. As a full-service property management company, our role is not to legislate, but to be a conduit of information and share regulatory changes as they arise. Here, we focus on a new set of rules for Hayward. Some key takeaways from a recent City Council meeting:
Ceiling on rent increases
Rent increases are capped at 5 percent until July 25, the date on which the new Residential Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance becomes law.
Mandatory mediation and binding arbitration
Bay Property Group has always encouraged open communication between landlords and tenants, but the ordinance will compel landlords to engage with tenants by mandating mediation and, if the friction continues, an Administrative Law Judge will issue a binding ruling through arbitration.
This quasi-judicial process will be triggered when the landlord wants to raise the rent by more than 5 percent a year.
Reporting rent increase notice and eviction notices to the city
In the interest of transparency, Hayward landlords will need to bring rent increase notices and notices to terminate tenancies to the light of day by giving the city notice.
Prohibition of denying Section 8 applicants
Landlords cannot explicitly deny tenancies because the applicant is a recipient of a government subsidy.
Just cause eviction protections
The new ordinance delineates specific justifications by which landlords can evict a tenant.
At the colorful intersection of property management and the law.
Property management is largely based on knowledge of the law, and we know more than a thing or two. When there is an issue that arises that is beyond our scope of expertise, do not worry – our Broker of Record is Daniel Bornstein, an attorney who specializes in landlord-tenant law and someone who keeps a pulse on the many nuances in the changing regulations impacting landlords throughout the Bay Area.