I Defend a Client Made Homeless

I Defend a Client Made Homeless

My client, a father and his five-year-old son, were both forced into homelessness. All because a landlord improperly removed this man’s belongings from his home. And they admitted it. This is what happened to one tenant. Remember, the details of your situation could...
The Case of the Tenant Who Changed His Mind

The Case of the Tenant Who Changed His Mind

As I wrote in the blog “The Case of the Winning Defendant,” court opinions can have lots of drama like reality television. A recent case, about a tenant who changed his mind, has plenty of drama. It also has good lessons for other tenants. What is a court opinion?...
A Repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Act?

A Repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Act?

There’s a battle ahead. And it’s already started. The first strike occurred on February 17, when California Assembly Members David Chiu (Democrat-San Francisco), Rob Bonta (Democrat-Alameda), and Richard Bloom (Democrat-Santa Monica) introduced a bill to repeal the...
The Case of the Winning Defendant

The Case of the Winning Defendant

Court opinions can be like reality television shows. They both have lots of drama. Unlike reality television, though, court opinions include lots of fun legal stuff. What’s a court opinion? Some cases are heard on appeal. When the Court considers an appeal, they will...
Money and Owner Move-in Evictions

Money and Owner Move-in Evictions

Can you get money from your landlord if he wrongfully used an owner move-in eviction? Maybe. An investigative report by NBC Bay Area suggests that it’s relatively easy. But be forewarned: you as a tenant will likely have hoops to jump through. Are landlords acting...
Winning My First Eviction Case

Winning My First Eviction Case

Here’s an article I wrote that was published in the November 2016 The Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin. It was fun to remember my first experience as a volunteer lawyer and to reflect on how far I’m come: Volunteering With the Justice &...