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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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What Happens When Eviction Moratoriums End?

What Happens When Eviction Moratoriums End?

Millions of fragile California rental households are facing a frightening reality: the $600 per week unemployment benefits ended, food costs are soaring, jobs are scarce and the rent is due - again. While thousands of tenants avoided COVID-19-related eviction thanks...

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When Your Tenant Screening Report is Wrong

When Your Tenant Screening Report is Wrong

Protections against evictions due the COVID-19 epidemic are expiring.  This is making tenants leave their current homes and search for new apartments. Flawed tenant screenings (or background checks) are creating havoc for would-be tenants, and there is no watch guard...

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The Case of the Landlord Who Did Not Obey the Rules

The Case of the Landlord Who Did Not Obey the Rules

Landlord-tenant eviction cases can be decided in favor of tenants due to a small thing like not being given a proper notice. Having a tenant lawyer on your side who pays attention to the rules can make a big difference. The Landlord's Mistake In October, 2018 a tenant...

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COVID-19 And Eviction

COVID-19 And Eviction

If you are frightened and anxious about being evicted due to loss of your job or regular income you are not alone. Millions around the world are facing the same challenges. Loss of work hours and wages, self-quarantine and self-isolation are preventing many California...

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