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...
City Files Lawsuit Against “Firetrap”

City Files Lawsuit Against “Firetrap”

The City of San Francisco is aiming at a landlord who rented an illegal basement space to 20 tenants that the San Francisco Fire Department alleges had many fire code violations. City Attorney Dennis Herrera stated on August 22 that the City filed a lawsuit against...
First Step to Correct a Housing Code Violation

First Step to Correct a Housing Code Violation

You believe your home has a serious violation of the housing code.  But you’re not certain.  How can you tell? “Substantial” compliance is the standard used by the courts. Landlords are not required to have their properties in perfect, aesthetically pleasing...
Latest from the Berkeley Balcony Collapse

Latest from the Berkeley Balcony Collapse

Who is responsible if you suffer injuries from a housing violation or construction defect? The appalling deaths of six people and injuries to seven others in Berkeley due to a defective balcony received national attention.  According to Stanford law professor Robert...
Withhold the Rent?

Withhold the Rent?

Should you withhold paying rent if your apartment has housing violations? Last week I wrote about the landmark decision by the California Supreme Court. The opinion in Green v. Superior Court stated the landlord has a duty to provide a habitable apartment.  Another...
Housing Violations, the Law, and You

Housing Violations, the Law, and You

A decision by the California Supreme Court back in 1974, almost 40 years ago, impacts you as a tenant today. It was the landmark decision in Green v. Superior Court that stated the landlord had a duty to maintain dwellings in a habitable condition without housing...