Yikes, My Building is Selling: Part 1

Yikes, My Building is Selling: Part 1

You come home one evening and see a sign on your building. It’s for sale. Or you hear a rumor from another tenant. You google your building’s address, and up it comes on some real estate company’s website. As a tenant, are you in trouble? Take a deep breath. The first...
Fighting to Block Rent Jumping to $8,000/mo

Fighting to Block Rent Jumping to $8,000/mo

Neil Hutchinson is my client. His landlord increased his rent from $1,800 to $8,000 per month. That’s a rent increase of more than 400%. In all my years as an attorney fighting for tenants, I have never seen such a steep rent hike. Neil lives in an apartment in North...
A Closer Look at Your Eviction and the Ellis Act

A Closer Look at Your Eviction and the Ellis Act

You should know your tenant’s rights if you get an Ellis Act eviction. The landlord has a choice of which “just cause” eviction method to take, and even if he states he wants to move his family into your rent-controlled apartment, you still might get...
Eviction and Apartment Sales

Eviction and Apartment Sales

The sales prices of apartment buildings in the Bay Area are skyrocketing. You need to be aware of your tenant’s rights when landlords try to get more income from their investments. You could get an eviction notice. Rising Sales Prices First, a look at the apartment...
A Family Member Stays in His Home

A Family Member Stays in His Home

In late April, the California Supreme Court rejected reviewing an appeal by the landlord over whether a family member, who had remained in his rent-controlled home after the signers of the lease had moved out, was considered an original occupant. The Govender family...

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...