What is “Just Cause” Eviction?

What is “Just Cause” Eviction?

“Just cause” evictions are an important part of your tenant’s rights in San Francisco and other cities in the Bay area. I’ve mentioned “just cause” evictions in past blog posts. What exactly are they? You should know the law The definition of “just cause” evictions in...
A Dire Rental Situation

A Dire Rental Situation

Escalating rents are hurting tenants and causing evictions in San Jose. Things are bad. Rising rents There’s a limit on how much landlords can raise rents, but it’s a whopping 8% a year. This is far more than in cities with rent control. A San Francisco landlord only...
Is Your Neighborhood at Risk?

Is Your Neighborhood at Risk?

You’ve read about it in the news. Low income tenants being evicted in the Mission District and the Castro, making way for those with high incomes who can afford astronomical rents. It could happen to you Maybe you think that you won’t be evicted, since you don’t live...
A Landlord Gets Caught

A Landlord Gets Caught

A Berkeley landlord got caught illegally raising the rent after a tenant moved out of their home. “Subterfuge” is what the landlord’s actions were called by the State of California Court of Appeal in a recent opinion. I wrote a post a few weeks ago about the...
Abuse of the Ellis Act

Abuse of the Ellis Act

Clients of mine received an eviction notice under the Ellis Act, which stated that the landlords were moving into their home. Sometime later, their home was listed on Airbnb for almost $10,000 per month. Another client, who had lived in his apartment for over 20...
Short-Term Rental Greed?

Short-Term Rental Greed?

The demand—and lucrative income—for short term rentals continues to drive evictions and possibly break agreements. What Happened to the Rent-Controlled Apartments? Last week the San Francisco City Attorney demanded answers about the Trinity Plaza Project,  a new...