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

San Francisco Just Cause Eviction

February 11, 2020

Eviction Protection Applies to Almost All Residential Units in San Francisco Newly constructed buildings (i.e. buildings built after 1979) are no longer exempt from the just-cause for eviction protections under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance. As of January 22, 2020, most residential units now have eviction protection under the Ordinance, including anti-harassment protection, regardless of […] 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

When Is It Time to Sue Your Landlord?

December 31, 2019

As a renter, you have certain rights granted by state law and your lease. Signing a lease on a new apartment is usually a positive experience. Like all properties, though, rental units have the potential to come with common problems such as noisy neighbors, property damage, or even mistreatment or discrimination from your landlord. When any of […] Read More

Why Oakland warehouse fire could cause more to lose homes

December 4, 2019

After losing friends and loved ones in the Oakland fire that killed 36 people, many artists living in the city’s warehouse communities fear a coming crackdown on the roll-your-own spaces that they call home — but may not be legal housing. https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Why-Oakland-warehouse-fire-could-cause-more-to-10784722.php Read More