The Case of the Complicated Agreement

The Case of the Complicated Agreement

The law can be complicated. That’s why I suggest tenants reconsider representing themselves in disagreements with the landlord. A recent case, Sayta v. Chu, was heard by the Court of Appeal here in San Francisco. It’s a notable case to post about in this blog because...
Introducing My New Associate

Introducing My New Associate

I’m pleased to introduce my new associate, Courtney Brown. Courtney Brown graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. At the Golden Gate University School of Law, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review....
A Lesson about Rent Control from Santa Rosa

A Lesson about Rent Control from Santa Rosa

I heard a rumor two weeks ago that a number of 60-day notices to raise rents went out to Santa Rosa tenants even while the wildfires were still burning. Santa Rosa has no rent control. Santa Rosa’s City Council had passed a rent and eviction control ordinance in...
Preserving Your Tenant’s Right to a Jury Trial

Preserving Your Tenant’s Right to a Jury Trial

If you’re a tenant involved in an eviction action, you’ll probably want a jury trial. As I wrote in an earlier post, “Your Right to a Jury Trial,” jury members may be tenants themselves and can be more attuned to the difficulties of being a tenant. But you...
How I Handle Lawsuits with Many Tenants

How I Handle Lawsuits with Many Tenants

I represent individual tenants, but I also represent multiple tenants who are suing a landlord. These types of cases can be complex due the number of tenants. Below is an article I wrote that was published in the San Francisco Attorney Magazine: Fall 2017. It gives an...
City Files Lawsuit Against “Firetrap”

City Files Lawsuit Against “Firetrap”

The City of San Francisco is aiming at a landlord who rented an illegal basement space to 20 tenants that the San Francisco Fire Department alleges had many fire code violations. City Attorney Dennis Herrera stated on August 22 that the City filed a lawsuit against...