Possible Rent Control Expansion Sets Off Debates in Bay Area

August 1, 2018

“If California voters approve Proposition 10 this fall, they won’t be ending the debate over how to address the state’s soaring rents. In fact, by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, voters will spark a multitude of intense housing deliberations at the local level.”” “California’s Supreme Court has held that rent control laws must allow […] Read More

Supervisor Moves to strengthen renter protections in San Francisco

July 10, 2018

“A loophole in San Francisco’s eviction-control laws: Landlords and building owners can circumvent eviction protections on single-family homes and rented condominiums by jacking the rent up far above market rate, with the intent of making the residence unaffordable for the tenants. District Nine Supervisor Hillary Ronen plans to introduce legislation Tuesday aiming to shut that […] Read More

Building Rapport: Mediator Jane Struck

June 1, 2018

The following was taken from JAMS mediators: Early in her career as an insurance defense lawyer, Jeane Struck found she could be a zealous advocate for her clients while remaining on good terms with opposing counsel. Now a mediator at JAMS special- izing in insurance and liability cases, Struck said she still sees many of […] Read More

Mayor’s ‘short term’ elevator repairs a long time coming

July 5, 2017

Representing 24 public housing residents at Clementina Towers, Jackie Ravenscroft, of tenants rights law firm Tobener Ravenscroft, descries the deplorable conditions these seniors and disabled clients have endured. Their upcoming lawsuit against the city of San Francisco cites elder abuse and violations of the federal Fair Housing Act. San Francisco Chronicle Sept. 7, 2014 by […] Read More

Landlord Retracts Outrageous Demands After Letter Goes Viral

Tenant rights attorney Jackie Ravenscroft is cited to explain the legalities when one S.F. landlord requires tenants to meet a certain income level. Causing a public outcry, the landlord of a rent-controlled building in the Lower Haight area notified his tenants they must provide proof of $100,000 annual income or move out. That, Ravenscroft says, […] Read More

Oakland Fire: Making Live-Work Spaces Safer for Tenants

December 8, 2016

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One Startup Wants To Speed Buyouts In San Francisco’s Rent-controlled Units

March 25, 2016

Tenant rights attorney Joseph Tobener comments about the pitfalls of buyouts offered by landlords for rent-controlled units. Middleman services like RentMasters can be used by owners to negotiate buyout agreements, but Tobener is wary that such agreements may put tenants at risk. He says buyouts can be “extremely legally complex,” and client interests are better […] Read More

San Francisco residents to vote on contentious Prop. F

November 1, 2015

Tenant lawyer Joseph Tobener comments on the benefits of Proposition F, commonly called the Airbnb initiative. Representing the San Francisco Tenants Union, Tobener says short-term rental services like Airbnb have been breaking city rental laws with impunity. The proposition, heavily opposed by Airbnb, suggested limiting the number of nights a unit can be rented to […] Read More

Where S.F. Housing Authority stands 2 years after hitting bottom

February 2, 2015

Tobener Ravenscroft, a tenants law firm, challenges the city’s Housing Authority to meet standard living conditions at Clementina Towers in the South of Market area. Partner Jacqueline Ravenscroft represents two dozen tenants who have for years endured sub-standard conditions that include cockroach infestation, broken elevators and insufficient security measures. Even though new Housing Authority leadership […] Read More

S.F. Fails To Follow Up After Evictions

December 29, 2014

Tenant lawyer Joseph Tobener, of Tobener Ravenscroft LLP, explains why San Francisco city agencies rarely track what happens to buildings after evictions. His client brought suit after discovering from her former neighbors that the landlord illegally converted her three-unit building into condominiums and rented her former unit on Airbnb. Tobener notes that wrongful eviction suits, […] Read More