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....
A Win for Section 8 Tenants

A Win for Section 8 Tenants

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office received a significant legal victory over a landlord and their agent earlier this month. Between May 2013 and May 2014, Chuck Post, agent for Lem-Ray Properties I DE, LLC (or Lem-Ray for short) ran ads on Craigslist and...
Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 3

Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 3

In my last two blogs, “Don’t Get a Buyout for Your Landlord: Part 1” and “Don’t Get a Buyout for Your Landlord: Part 2,” I discussed how landlords favor buyouts. In this blog, I’ll take an even closer look at the amounts paid to...
Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 2

Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 2

In my last blog, “Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 1,” I discussed the San Francisco Tenant Buyout ordinance and how it was created to protect you as a tenant. In this blog, I’m looking at the statistics to show you the meaning behind the numbers. As the...
Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 1

Don’t Get a Buyout from Your Landlord: Part 1

As an attorney, I’ve learned not to say “never.” There’s always exceptions. Still, never accepting a buyout is a good rule of thumb. A buyout is when your landlord offers you cash in exchange for you vacating your home. When landlord waves thousands of dollars in your...