Eviction by Fire

Eviction by Fire

Nine tenants were left homeless by another fire that damaged an apartment building in the Mission district about 17 days ago. There’s been a rash of them.  This 2-alarm fire took 66 firefighters about an hour and a half to put out. A SFGATE article noted that the fire...
I Support Causa Justa :: Just Cause

I Support Causa Justa :: Just Cause

Imagine you lived in a place where you didn’t speak the language fluently. How would you enter into a legal agreement like a lease while being careful about your own interests? I’ve always advocated that you should be an informed tenant. But it becomes much more...
Don’t Be Fooled into an Eviction

Don’t Be Fooled into an Eviction

You get a letter from your landlord in the mail or find one stuck to your door. With a sick stomach, you read that it’s a notice to terminate your tenancy. It looks official. The letter my clients recently received from their landlord was just like that. It even said,...
Eviction, Short-term Rentals, and You

Eviction, Short-term Rentals, and You

Are you increasing your chances being evicted by renting your home to short-term tenants from places like Airbnb? If you a tenant and you are not following your lease, you could be making it easy for the landlord to evict you. A game changer The vote by the San...
Nuisance, Notices, and Eviction

Nuisance, Notices, and Eviction

“Don’t make me homeless again.” That’s a heartbreaking plea from a client who said it to me when we were talking about the best way to fight her eviction. This fear, which could happen, keeps me fighting for my clients. Some clients have few options if they are...
What’s an Eviction, Really?

What’s an Eviction, Really?

Many of my clients are confused about what an eviction really is. They have received unofficial notices, “casual” chats, and many other such attempts by landlords to get them to move.  These type of maneuvers aren’t evictions. I don’t want you or any tenant to be...