Free San Francisco Eviction Lawyer

August 5, 2019

The City of San Francisco now provides tenants with free lawyers to defend evictions.  Here is how to find a free lawyer. You may be entitled to a large settlement if your landlord is illegally evicting you.  We take wrongful eviction cases on contingency, which means you do not pay anything unless you get a […] Read More

Mold

July 24, 2019

Mold is Serious Mold is a microscopic fungus that grows in almost every damp setting. Improperly maintained dwellings can have toxic mold levels. Mold infestations will flourish in areas with excess moisture, such as leaks, showers with no ventilating fans, wet basements, and air ducts. Because it only takes a day or two for colonies […] Read More

Unincorporated Marin County Rent Control

Unincorporated Marin County’s Just Cause For Eviction Ordinance And Rental Housing Dispute Resolution Ordinance Recently, the County of Marin enacted the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance and the Rental Housing Dispute Resolution Ordinance.  The ordinances only apply to properties located in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Tenants that reside in incorporated areas are not covered […] Read More

Holding A Landlord Liable For Personal Injury

July 1, 2019

A tenant who suffers a personal injury may be entitled to recover damages from their landlord.  Tenant personal injuries are not only physical harm but may also include emotional harm.  A tenant’s personal injury can happen in many ways: fire in the building, a fall on dilapidated steps, lead or mold exposure, carbon monoxide exposure, […] Read More

What Every Tenant Should Know About The San Francisco Rent Board

May 3, 2019

Should I file a wrongful eviction petition at the San Francisco Rent Board? Be careful.  Wrongful eviction petitions are not what they seem.  The San Francisco Rent Board has no power to stop eviction proceedings.  Eviction lawsuits are resolved at the San Francisco Superior Court only.  It is the rare case when a tenant would […] Read More

City Of Alameda Rent Control Stabilization Ordinance

April 30, 2019

In 2016, the City of Alameda’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance was put into effect.  The ordinance is not as comprehensive as the City of San Francisco or the City of Oakland’s, but it is an essential step towards combating the continual increase in housing costs and the displacement of the city’s most vulnerable.  While Alameda’s ordinance […] Read More

Hayward Rent Control

April 11, 2019

THE CITY OF HAYWARD’S RESIDENTIAL RENT STABILIZATION AND TENANT PROTECTION ORDINANCE The City of Hayward’s new Residential Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance, which went into effect July 25, 2019, caps annual rent increases to a certain small percentage (“Residential Rent Increase Threshold”) and limits evictions to only those reasons enumerated under the law (“Just […] Read More

What Does the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA) Mean for San Francisco Tenants

March 6, 2019

San Francisco tenant attorneys and affordable housing advocates work tirelessly to prevent vulnerable households and residents from slipping into homelessness due to the numerous evictions that get carried out daily by landlords wanting to take advantage of high-market rents.  The lack of affordable housing in the City is a problem that has to be addressed […] Read More

Landlords Are Prohibited By Law From Entering Tenants’ Units Without Proper Notice And Without A Permissible Purpose

Tenants are entitled to exclusive possession of the premises they rent, even to the exclusion of the landlord.  Owners, landlords, property managers, or the landlord’s agents cannot simply enter a tenant’s unit anytime they please and for any reason.  Tenants should be aware that the State of California has limited permissible reasons for landlords to […] Read More

Housing Discrimination in California: What Is It and What Can Tenants Do About It

December 6, 2018

Housing discrimination takes place when an individual or a group is treated adversely based on a legally protected characteristic such as their race, sex, religion, familial status, or disability. Housing discrimination is illegal and contributes to the inequity in the quality of housing a person can obtain. Although discrimination is illegal, many landlords continue to […] Read More