Legal Issues and Politics

August 2017
August 2017

In San Francisco, landlords can legally evict their tenants if they – or in some cases, their relatives – want to move into the home.

At Bornstein Law, we have fielded many ...


March 2017
March 2017
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Source: San Francisco Business Times

The homeowners association of the sinking, tilting Millennium Tower filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday seeking damages exceeding $200 million to pay for ...


March 2017
March 2017
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Source: Adam Brinklow -  Curbed SF

A new bill authored by San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu would do away with the 22-year-old Costa-Hawkins Act, the law that exempts new construction from rent ...


March 2017
March 2017

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February 2017
February 2017
Geary Bus

Source: Adam Brinklow - Curbed SF

Merchants call review of decade-old plan “fundamentally flawed”

Sometimes lawsuits are themselves the final step in San Francisco’s legislative process.

Although ...


February 2017
February 2017

Source: Reuben, Junius &  Rose LLP

Controller’s Office Releases Inclusionary Housing Final Report

In June 2016, San Francisco voters passed Proposition C, a Charter Amendment which made ...


February 2017
February 2017

Source: Cornerstone Title Company

Panic can break out when people are faced with the unknown. When a Lis Pendens is found in a preliminary title report, it can bring on some nail-biting feelings....


February 2017
February 2017

Source: Ruben, Juniius & Rose LLP

State Law Making ADUs Easier Takes Effect

This week’s update summarizes a new law requiring cities and counties to approve some accessory dwelling units ...


January 2017
January 2017
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Source: Adam Brinklow - Curbed SF

State senator Scott Wiener explains how he wants to give teeth to state rules requiring that cities build.

As soon as former San Francisco lawmaker Scott Wiener ...


January 2017
January 2017
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Source: Brock Keeling - Curbed SF

“A warning to landlords who want to be greedy”

Former Bernal Heights resident Deb Follingstad’s rental horror story was enough to keep many a San Franciscan up at ...


January 2017
January 2017
Fallen Tree

Source: Adam Brinklow - Curbed SF

Homeowners could pay up to $1,500 to remove one of the city’s 300 fallen trees.

Last weekend’s storm toppled an estimated 300 to 350 trees in San Francisco, ...


January 2017
January 2017

Source: Cornerstone Title Company

The subject of mechanics liens is a complex one, as evidenced by the fact that many sections of the California Codes deal with the subject. It is not the purpose ...


December 2016
December 2016

Source: Melinda Sarjapur - Reuben Junius & Rose, LLP

Mayor Vetoes Proposed Short-Term Rental Restrictions

Mayor Ed Lee vetoed legislation last week that proposed additional restrictions on the ...


December 2016
December 2016
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Source: Rob Poole - San Francisco Housing Action Coalition

On Thursday December 8th, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved the first market-rate housing project to apply the state density ...


December 2016
December 2016

Source: Thomas P. Tunny - Reuben, Junius & Rose, LLP

In our last update, we reported on two of the ballot measures presented to the voters on the November 8 ballot.  An additional measure was ...