The Speed of Eviction

The Speed of Eviction

It’s surprising how fast evictions happen. The time from when you get your landlord’s notice to the sheriff putting a lock on your door can be only 60 days. San Francisco passed Proposition F on June 5th with 56% voter approval. Now the City of San Francisco is...
Giving You a Fighting Chance with Prop F

Giving You a Fighting Chance with Prop F

A tenant facing eviction calls me. I show up in court, and the landlord changes his mind about evicting the tenant. This isn’t the first time it’s happened. Landlords know when the tenant has legal representation, they’ve got someone with fighting for them....
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...
The Case of the Unaware Landlord

The Case of the Unaware Landlord

Details are important. They can make or break your case. That’s why, when you’re in a dispute with your landlord, it’s important to know the rules and regulations. In Azar v. Rodriguez, the landlords did not know the details. Or if they did, they chose to ignore them....
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...
What happens before your trial for unlawful detainer (eviction)?

What happens before your trial for unlawful detainer (eviction)?

You are served with a Three-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit. You fail pay the rent within the three days stated on the notice. Then you are served with legal papers-a summon and complaint and other papers commanding to file a response within five calendar (not...