San Francisco sues landlords who evicted tenants for Airbnb

April 23, 2014

S.F. tenant rights attorney Joseph Tobener represents San Francisco Tenants Union in suing multiple landlords accused of evicting tenants to rent out rooms on websites like Airbnb, VRBO.com and Homeaway. The predatory practice displaces longtime legal renters from their homes to list their space online for as much as $600 a night. The practice is […] Read More

Lee pledges $5.4 million to fix elevators in public housing

April 17, 2014

Tenant rights attorney Joseph Tobener takes on San Francisco’s Housing Authority on behalf of 24 tenants in Clementina Towers public housing. After years of malfunctioning elevators that threaten residents’ health and well-being, the lawsuit spurs improvements for low-income residents, who pay a third of their income to rent. In some instances, home health-care workers could […] Read More

Serial Evictor Targeted in Ellis Act Protests

April 12, 2014

Tenant rights lawyer Joseph Tobener comments on action by Eviction Free San Francisco to spotlight evictions on Guerrero Street. Filing a lawsuit against one owner, Tobener notes the eviction of his client is unlawful on several counts, including: the false pretense that the unit was needed to house the owner’s partner (the two had filed […] Read More