I didn’t realize how cold its already become in the Bay Area, until my old furnace went out last week. The HVAC company ordered a new one and is working on replacing, but in the meantime, I’m running a few very inefficient space heaters. I have a feeling the energy bill is going to be through the roof this month! So what do you do if you live in an older home like mine and don’t have all the built in efficiency of newer homes? Its not always practical to have all of your walls insulated and upgrade your windows. Here are a few tips I found helpful. I had success with using clear plastic on windows frames. Click here to read more
The old Uptown Oakland Sears building recently vacated is being remodeled and will be ready for tenants by 2017. Lane Partners purchased this 6 story, 400,000 sq ft building earlier this year and is courting two potential tenants, each a creative or tech company. Click Here to Read More.
Will major tech companies moving to Oakland change the culture of the city?
Do you see Oakland potentially turning into the next San Francisco with moves like these?
The American Planning Association names Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood as 2014’s number 1 ‘Great Neighborhood” in the country. Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood is home to many beautiful new housing developments, and historic locations like the Fox Theater and the Paramount Theater. Click here to read this article.
On Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, Oakland’s Community Economic Development Committee heard District 1 Council member Dan Kalb’s proposed “Tenant Protection Ordinance.” Ordinance is being proposed to help further protect tenants from harassment behavior by landlords. Click here to read more about the proposed ordinance.
The City of Oakland follows strict rent control measures, measure EE, and strict Just Cause provisions. What more can you ask from a Landlord. In my opinion, the definition of harassment is used very loosely in building this proposal. This proposal is triggered by the rising rents of Oakland, due to affordability in San Francisco. Renters are protected through state laws, and Oakland’s Rent Control ordinance. Making it harder for Oakland Landlords can really hurt the city’s economy and hurt tenants. What do you guys think of the proposed ordinance?
We have had our share of problem apartment complexes in the past. Especially working in tough areas like North Richmond, and some parts of East Oakland. Sometimes you feel like you entered a hopeless situation, and there is no turning it around. With the right mindset anything thing is possible. The National Apartment Association found a prime example of how to make this happen. Check out this companies take on how to turn around a rough apartment community. Read Article Here
I recently spoke to a few Realtor friends who wanted information for their clients regarding evictions and lease termination in cities like Berkeley or Oakland. Though I do have the basic knowledge of Just Cause, Measure EE, and the Ellis Act, I always recommend consulting an attorney for eviction questions. Here is a Legal Q&A with Richard Beckman, of Beckman Blair, LLP, that answers a lot of basic questions for legal processes in Oakland. Check it out here.