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, if upheld, net the displaced tenant “triple damages,” plus attorney’s fees. Damages are calculated by the court based on loss of rent control.
San Francisco Chronicle Dec. 29, 2014 by Marisa Lagos