What Landlords Do Not Want You to Know Before You Sign Your Lease

September 26, 2019

As tenant lawyers, we are always on the lookout for dangerous lease clauses.  Renters should know what they are getting into before they sign. Landlords will often hide that a unit does not have rent control.  Even in jurisdictions with rent control, like San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, San Jose, and Berkeley, not all units are […] Read More

Late Fees in Residential Leases

September 18, 2019

You may be able to file a lawsuit against your landlord for illegally collecting late fees.  If you are a California tenant fighting an exorbitant late fee Contact Us Are late-fee clauses illegal in California residential lease agreements? Many landlords place clauses in their lease agreements that require tenants to pay a set fee if […] Read More

Get the Right Landlord Insurance Policy

September 16, 2019

As long-time tenant rights lawyers, our firm has sued 1,000s of landlords, and in most of those cases, the landlords have had to pay significant sums out of their own pockets because they did not have the right landlord-tenant insurance.  Not all landlord insurance policies are created equal.  Landlords need to make sure they have […] Read More

Tenant Class Action Lawyers

August 7, 2019

Tenants often have group claims against their landlords.  We have filed 100s of group claims on behalf of tenants.  We take these cases on contingency, meaning the tenants do not pay anything until an award is recovered.  As the largest tenant law firm in California, we have the capacity and experience to represent large groups […] Read More

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

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

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