What to bring to your first meeting with an attorney

What to bring to your first meeting with an attorney

You have a dispute with your landlord. You have written letters but it has not been resolved. You made an appointment with a lawyer who concentrates in tenant matters. What do you do before the appointment? The first thing you should do is retrieve all your documents....
When can you sue your landlord for not moving into your home?

When can you sue your landlord for not moving into your home?

What happens if your San Francisco landlord gives you a notice of an owner move-in, but then does not move into your home and live there in good faith for at least 36 months? You can sue your landlord for wrongful eviction, among other causes of action in San...

What is a forcible detainer?

Sometimes a landlord will file and serve her tenant a complaint for forcible detainer instead of an unlawful detainer. What is the difference? Forcible detainers are usually filed and served when the landlord is alleging that the tenant has stayed in her apartment...

Illegal or secondary units and you

You see a listing for an apartment on the Internet. There is only one electric meter and one water meter for the apartment and for the upstairs single family house. The apartment was built in the back of a garage. You take the apartment because the rent is...

What is Common Law Retaliation?

Common law retaliation is any action taken by a landlord against a tenant that is not codified as retaliatory under California statutory law. For example, if a landlord serves the tenant with a three-day notice to quit within 180 days after the landlord has been...