Joseph TobenerJoseph Tobener is a partner at Tobener Ravenscroft. An attorney for more than fifteen years, Mr. Tobener draws on his specialized tenant law expertise to provide caring, easy-to-understand, and aggressive assistance to a diverse clientele.  He has represented thousands of Bay Area residents on tenant law issues and earned millions on behalf of his clients. He has appeared on KALW and KQED and was featured in the SF Bay Guardian, the Daily Journal, and California Lawyer. Cases he has successfully litigated have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, Reuters, and Wired. His clients have included countless lawyers, high-tech executives, mobile home residents, the San Francisco Tenants Union, and several art collectives. One of his passions is working to preserve artist live/work housing. He also worked for Home Base, a homelessness law nonprofit and has been an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University and UC Hastings. The firm is dedicated to employee activism, and sponsors each of its lawyers to volunteer weekly in the community at housing rights nonprofits, donating nearly 500 attorney hours each year.

EDUCATION

JD, UC Hastings College of Law
MS, San Francisco State University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles

jtobener@tobenerlaw.com

Articles

San Francisco’s New Eviction Ban May Be Risky for Tenants

June 15, 2020

The new legislation passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to ban evictions for nonpayment of rent may be risky for tenants.  Although the Board of Supervisors had good intentions, tenants who rely on this law to not pay rent may end up evicted.  Landlord lawyers are already drafting a lawsuit against the City […] Read More

Mobile Home Parks and Tenant Rights

June 2, 2020

With nearly twenty years in business, the tenant lawyers at Tobener Ravenscroft LLP have helped 1000s of mobile home residents assert their legal rights.  Please contact us to speak with one of our mobile home tenant lawyers.  Mobile home park tenant rights are unique from rights that tenants have when they rent an apartment or […] Read More

Moving Out During COVID-19? How to Use Your Entire Deposit Toward Rent Without Penalty.

May 19, 2020

With COVID-19 court closures, you can now strategically apply your security deposit to the last few months of rent, and the landlord cannot do anything about it.  Historically, landlords could evict with a three-day notice if tenants tried to apply their deposit to rent. This eviction would then go on a tenant’s record. This has all […] Read More

How to Break Your Lease Without Paying Your Landlord A Dime!

May 18, 2020

Many residential and commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic need to end long-term leases. This guide will show tenants how to break a lease without paying any additional rent to a landlord. Read More

Sex For Rent – Reports of Landlord Sexual Harassment Rise Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic

May 7, 2020

Landlords who coerce their tenants into “sex-for-rent” arrangements existed before the coronavirus, but the current pandemic has produced an opportunity for them to take advantage of cash-strapped tenants. Read More

California Tenant Rights and Foreclosure

April 15, 2020

Having knowledge about foreclosures and what laws protect your tenancy helps you stay in your home during and after this process – FAQs, Guides and Resources. Read More

Can’t Afford Rent? A legal guide to free rent during the pandemic.

April 10, 2020

If you’re in the 30% of Americans who cannot pay rent because of the pandemic, this guide provides a step-by-step guide to stay housed.  Because the courts will be unable to process evictions until September 2020 at the earliest, there is simply no way for a landlord to evict a tenant who is not paying […] Read More

The City Of Santa Cruz Tenant Protections

February 28, 2020

In 2017, the City of Santa Cruz adopted a temporary freeze of certain rent increases in hopes of alleviating exorbitant increases, and it adopted a temporary just cause for eviction ordinance to prevent unjust evictions—both laws have since expired.  After the expiration of these laws, a Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act was placed on […] Read More

City Of Santa Monica Renter Protections

January 16, 2020

The City of Santa Monica has a long history of strong tenant protections.  Santa Monica’s rent control and eviction control laws were enacted in 1979.  And, almost a decade ago, eviction protections were extended to non-rent controlled properties.  Santa Monica has also adopted an anti-harassment law, amended its relocation assistance ordinance, and adopted many anti-discrimination […] Read More

The Town of Fairfax Renter Protections

January 15, 2020

The Town of Fairfax is one of the most recent places to put into place additional protections for its renters. In 2019, the town adopted a just cause for eviction ordinance and a mandatory mediation ordinance for certain rent increases.   Town of Fairfax Just Cause For Eviction Ordinance Effective March 6, 2019, landlords may […] Read More