Oakland Rent Laws to be Debated 

The city rent board will hear arguments about whether to close a loophole that allows landlords to pass on mortgage and capital-improvement costs to tenants.

Although Oakland has a rent control ordinance, a loophole in the law allows landlords to pass on some of their financial costs to their tenants in the form of rent increases. And in some instances, these rent hikes have been substantial, forcing…

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