The Case of the Landlord Who Said He Would Move In But Didn’t

The Case of the Landlord Who Said He Would Move In But Didn’t

You’re forced to move. The landlord is evicting you for an owner move-in. Yet you go by your former home and it doesn’t seem like anyone is living there. You knock on the door and no one answers. You see junk mail addressed to you lying around and it has not been...
Should You Take Eviction Advice from a Real Estate Agent?

Should You Take Eviction Advice from a Real Estate Agent?

KPIX Channel 5 secretly filmed Oakland real estate agents coaching potential buyers how to evict tenants from duplexes and triplexes. “You can move in, and then once you have lived in the property, then, the –umm–restrictions on evictions and stuff go...
The Speed of Eviction

The Speed of Eviction

It’s surprising how fast evictions happen. The time from when you get your landlord’s notice to the sheriff putting a lock on your door can be only 60 days. San Francisco passed Proposition F on June 5th with 56% voter approval. Now the City of San Francisco is...
Giving You a Fighting Chance with Prop F

Giving You a Fighting Chance with Prop F

A tenant facing eviction calls me. I show up in court, and the landlord changes his mind about evicting the tenant. This isn’t the first time it’s happened. Landlords know when the tenant has legal representation, they’ve got someone with fighting for them....
The Case of the Complicated Agreement

The Case of the Complicated Agreement

The law can be complicated. That’s why I suggest tenants reconsider representing themselves in disagreements with the landlord. A recent case, Sayta v. Chu, was heard by the Court of Appeal here in San Francisco. It’s a notable case to post about in this blog because...
The Case of the Locked-Out Tenant Who Hired an Attorney

The Case of the Locked-Out Tenant Who Hired an Attorney

This case is about a tenant who fought a bad landlord and the hard-working attorney she hired. Based on the antics of the landlord, the court eventually awarded the tenant a considerable amount to money. The court even labelled the landlord as “vexatious.” In law, it...