Tenant Law Blog

Rent Moratoriums End – What To Know

Rent Moratoriums End – What To Know

Time is running out on Covid-19 eviction moratoriums. On Thursday, August 26, the United States Supreme court denied the option of a new national ban on most evictions. The action is yet another blow to renters waiting for funds from the $47 billion rental assistance...

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When Your Landlord Tries to Sell You a Buyout

When Your Landlord Tries to Sell You a Buyout

Maybe you heard a rumor in the stairwell, or perhaps you saw a notice somewhere. Your landlord is selling  your apartment building. Then you get a notice in the mail. It's true. You're going to end up on the streets, penniless. You will never be able to find another...

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Section 8 Voucher Holders: Know Your Rights

Section 8 Voucher Holders: Know Your Rights

What's something landlords in San Francisco, Denver, Memphis, Chicago and Washington, DC have in common? They are located in one of the fewer than 100 U.S. cities prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income. In other words, if you are a Section 8...

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Navigating Covid-19 Rent Increase Rules

Navigating Covid-19 Rent Increase Rules

Just as the California state-wide Covid-19 State of Emergency halted most evictions, rent increases were also considered to mitigate economic hardship. To prevent price gouging by landlords, a law was passed banning rent increases of more than 10% of pre-pandemic...

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Eviction vs. Ejection

Eviction vs. Ejection

What's the Difference? Most tenants understand the meaning of the word eviction. Eviction is "the dispossession of a tenant of leased property by a legal process."  In other words, the tenant has to leave because a judge said so after the landlord filed legal...

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How To Be A Good Plaintiff in Your Lawsuit

How To Be A Good Plaintiff in Your Lawsuit

If you find yourself suing your landlord, you become a plaintiff in a legal action. A plaintiff is someone who makes a legal complaint against someone else in court. It is not uncommon for tenants to have legitimate reasons to complain about a problem with a rental...

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What To Know About Estoppel Certificates

What To Know About Estoppel Certificates

Chelsea and Antonio loved their ground-floor San Francisco duplex apartment with its peek-a-boo view of San Francisco Bay.  Although the unit was small at 875 square feet, it was cozy, and featured a shared outdoor courtyard with a barbecue and space to play with...

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