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

Wear and Tear and Security Deposits Under California Law

July 6, 2018

Many landlords and tenants struggle with how to define “ordinary or normal wear and tear” with respect to security deposits. Most disputes over security deposits come down to what constitutes normal wear and tear. When a tenant moves out of a unit, the landlord may deduct from a tenant’s security deposit to repair damage to […] Read More

Berkeley Condo Conversion

March 27, 2016

Berkeley Condominium Conversions Updated March 25, 2016 What is the maximum number of rental units that the City of Berkeley may approve for condominium conversion? For all condominium conversion applications submitted after January 1, 2009, no more than 100 rental units per year may be approved for condominium conversion, community apartments or stock cooperative units.  […] Read More

Aging in Place

June 17, 2015

Few decisions are as important and personal as choosing your home. As we grow older, where we choose to live takes on an even greater level of importance and complexity. As Americans continue to live longer, more seniors are choosing to remain in their homes. According to AARP, ninety percent of seniors want to age […] Read More

Fight Mobilehome Evictions

May 13, 2015

Winning the Low-Fault Eviction By Joseph Tobener, a San Francisco Bay Area Housing Rights Attorney There is no greater threat to mobile homeowners than low-fault evictions. Low-fault evictions are unlawful detainers with little merit that are designed solely to force homeowners to defend their tenancies at great cost. Examples include evictions for untrimmed shrubs, parking […] Read More

Elder Care Facilities

February 8, 2015

TENANT RIGHTS IN ELDER RESIDENCE FACILITIES People who are elderly are often very vulnerable to abuse and neglect while residing in an elder residence facility. If you or a loved one is an elderly person suffering from abuse or neglect at the hands of an elder residence facility or its employees, you may be entitled […] Read More

Elder Facility Evictions

A Skilled Nursing Facility or a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly may only evict a resident for a reason specifically described in the statutes regulating such facilities. If a resident is evicted for a reason that does not appear in a code, the resident may have an action for wrongful eviction. Read More

New TIC Condo Law

October 9, 2013

September 28, 2013 The 2013 TIC condo conversion legislation has provided new rights to tenants in buildings with three or more units that are being converted to condominiums. Tenant laws relating to condominium conversion of two-unit buildings were unchanged by the new legislation. Tenants going through condominium conversion in larger buildings, however, will now have […] Read More

Tenants and AirBnB

October 1, 2013

Vacation Rentals Tenants who list their units as short-term vacation rentals (for example on the website AirBnB) are exposing themselves to eviction. Short-term rentals violate “no-sublet” clauses, and may be in violation of a San Francisco law prohibiting tourist use of rental units. In rent-controlled jurisdictions, landlords are searching online for tenants who are renting […] Read More