What Landlords Do Not Want You to Know Before You Sign Your Lease

September 26, 2019

As tenant lawyers, we are always on the lookout for dangerous lease clauses.  Renters should know what they are getting into before they sign. Landlords will often hide that a unit does not have rent control.  Even in jurisdictions with rent control, like San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, San Jose, and Berkeley, not all units are […] Read More

A Tenant’s Right to Repair and Deduct and Withhold Rent Under California Law

September 25, 2019

When can a tenant repair and deduct? Under California law, a tenant is allowed to repair and deduct.  Civil Code § 1942.  However, this remedy should only be used where the tenant meets all the requirements of the repair and deduct statute.  If a tenant repairs and deducts without following the strict guidelines of California’s […] Read More

Late Fees in Residential Leases

September 18, 2019

You may be able to file a lawsuit against your landlord for illegally collecting late fees.  If you are a California tenant fighting an exorbitant late fee Contact Us Are late-fee clauses illegal in California residential lease agreements? Many landlords place clauses in their lease agreements that require tenants to pay a set fee if […] Read More

San Rafael Rent Control

The City of San Rafael’s Rental Housing Dispute Resolution ordinance and Cause Required for Eviction ordinance went into effect July 17, 2019.  This San Rafael rent control ordinance covers (1) how high a landlord can raise your rent; and (2) what a landlord can eviction you for.  The new ordinances are a tool for combating […] Read More

Get the Right Landlord Insurance Policy

September 16, 2019

As long-time tenant rights lawyers, our firm has sued 1,000s of landlords, and in most of those cases, the landlords have had to pay significant sums out of their own pockets because they did not have the right landlord-tenant insurance.  Not all landlord insurance policies are created equal.  Landlords need to make sure they have […] Read More

Stopping Landlord Retaliation

September 13, 2019

Landlord retaliation is a very serious offense.  Often tenants are in jeopardy of losing their apartments because of retaliation.   Retaliation can put tenants in physical danger.  And, retaliation can force tenants to live with unsafe conditions.  If you are in an unsafe situation because of landlord retaliation, you may need to contact the police, get […] Read More