Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 2

Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 2

In my last blog, “Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 1,” I discussed the San Francisco Tenant Buyout ordinance and how it was created to protect you as a tenant. In this blog, I’m looking at the statistics to show you the meaning behind the numbers. As the...
Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 1

Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 1

As an attorney, I’ve learned not to say “never.” There’s always exceptions. Still, never accepting a buyout is a good rule of thumb. A buyout is when your landlord offers you cash in exchange for you vacating your home. When landlord waves thousands of dollars in your...
The Case of the Complicated Agreement

The Case of the Complicated Agreement

The law can be complicated. That’s why I suggest tenants reconsider representing themselves in disagreements with the landlord. A recent case, Sayta v. Chu, was heard by the Court of Appeal here in San Francisco. It’s a notable case to post about in this blog because...
Introducing My New Associate

Introducing My New Associate

I’m pleased to introduce my new associate, Courtney Brown. Courtney Brown graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. At the Golden Gate University School of Law, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review....
A Lesson about Rent Control from Santa Rosa

A Lesson about Rent Control from Santa Rosa

I heard a rumor two weeks ago that a number of 60-day notices to raise rents went out to Santa Rosa tenants even while the wildfires were still burning. Santa Rosa has no rent control. Santa Rosa’s City Council had passed a rent and eviction control ordinance in...
Preserving Your Tenant’s Right to a Jury Trial

Preserving Your Tenant’s Right to a Jury Trial

If you’re a tenant involved in an eviction action, you’ll probably want a jury trial. As I wrote in an earlier post, “Your Right to a Jury Trial,” jury members may be tenants themselves and can be more attuned to the difficulties of being a tenant. But you...