Why you might consider a lis pendens during litigation

Why you might consider a lis pendens during litigation

Lis pendens is Latin for “suit pending.” A lis pendens is a notice in the recorder’s office that is placed on the title of a house or piece of land. Recording a lis pendens gives potential buyers constructive notice that litigation involving the real property is...
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...

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...

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...