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...
Another Eviction Trick

Another Eviction Trick

Unlawful detainers are frequently used to evict tenants. Sometimes, a landlord will be tricky and serve you with a forcible detainer. What’s the difference? Forcible detainers are a form of eviction Forcible detainers can be used when the landlord alleges you have...
Your Tenant’s Right to Habitability

Your Tenant’s Right to Habitability

What is the Implied Warranty of Habitability when you rent your home? What is the acceptable level of repair and maintenance? What is fair to you to protect your tenant’s rights? Typically, certain repair and maintenance items are under the care of the landlord....
A Case about Evictions and Short-Term Rentals

A Case about Evictions and Short-Term Rentals

A significant case prosecuted by the San Francisco City Attorney settled in early May, with the landlords being forced to pay $276,000. Evictions According to the City’s complaint filed in 2014, the landlords purchased a rent-controlled, tenant-occupied duplex located...
Short Term Rentals and Evictions

Short Term Rentals and Evictions

There’s been a significant change in the rules for short-term rentals in the past few months, which will have an impact on some tenants. Because of the demand for short term rentals in the highly desirable city of San Francisco, the Residential Unit Conversion...
Your Eviction: Going to Court

Your Eviction: Going to Court

If you are defending your eviction by appearing in court to answer an unlawful detainer lawsuit, there are two major areas to think about before your court appearance. Your Appearance: Perhaps as a child your parents dictated how you should look when you went to...