What is a forcible detainer?

Sometimes a landlord will file and serve her tenant a complaint for forcible detainer instead of an unlawful detainer. What is the difference? Forcible detainers are usually filed and served when the landlord is alleging that the tenant has stayed in her apartment...

Illegal or secondary units and you

You see a listing for an apartment on the Internet. There is only one electric meter and one water meter for the apartment and for the upstairs single family house. The apartment was built in the back of a garage. You take the apartment because the rent is...

San Francisco Rent Ordinance Section 37.10B and Tenant Harrassment

San Francisco voters approved Proposition M in 2008. The measure amended the San Francisco Rent Ordinance to ban bad faith or “harassment” actions conducted by the landlord or their agents. The San Francisco Superior Court upheld the measure. Landlords appealed to the...