Tenant Law Blog
KPIX Channel 5 secretly filmed Oakland real estate agents coaching potential buyers how to evict tenants from duplexes and triplexes.
“You can move in, and then once you have lived in the property, then, the –umm–restrictions on evictions and stuff go away,” says one real estate agent, gripping a coffee cup in one hand and waving her keys in the other.
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 to start funding eviction legal help for tenants who request it, but the initiative won’t go into effect immediately.
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.
According to the San Francisco Public Press, Attorney Carolyn Gold, who runs the pro-bono landlord-tenant program at the Justice & Diversity Center of the San Francisco Bar Association, also has experienced the same.
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 ApartmentsInSF.com for studio apartments at 935 Geary Street in San Francisco. The ads stated Section 8 vouchers would not be accepted.
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 tenants to show the pitfall for you as a tenant accepting a buyout.
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 saying goes, knowledge is power, and understanding the trends will help you protect your tenant rights.
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 face, it’s hard to think clearly. After all, that kind of thing doesn’t happen every day.
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 it demonstrates how complicated the law can be.
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. Courtney won numerous academic awards for her achievements in writing, research, and evidence.
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