Withholding Rent in California

In California, tenants are legally entitled to rental properties that are in good repair and meet specific health and safety standards. In some cases, if a landlord fails to maintain a property appropriately, the tenant can take one of a number of different actions, including withholding rent. A landlord’s failure to ensure the safety of his or her rental property can have serious repercussions on the health and wellness of tenants, so if your landlord’s actions do not meet the standards required by law, it is important to contact a... Read more

Required Landlord Disclosures to Tenants

Landlords are required to make certain disclosures to their tenants. These disclosure requirements are imposed by federal, state, and even some local laws as part of a network of regulations that protect a tenant’s rights, health, and well-being. Often, the absence of that little piece of paper indicates a much more serious situation. If your landlord has been negligent or, even worse, purposefully withheld information from you, it is vital to seek the advice of a San Francisco tenant lawyer who can help hold your landlord responsible.  ... Read more

An Unwelcome Visitor: Landlord Entry and Tenant Rights

What do you do if your landlord wants to enter your house or apartment? What can you do if he or she has already violated your privacy and done so? It is important to obtain the advice of a skilled San Francisco tenant lawyer who can help protect your interests.   Permissible Entries In California, a landlord can enter a tenant’s rental property only in certain circumstances, including: In the event of an emergency; To make any necessary or agreed upon repairs, alterations, or improvements To supply necessary or agreed services; To exhi... Read more

San Francisco Judge Strikes Down Eviction Protections for Teachers and Students

Bad news for San Francisco tenants: Last week, Judge Quidachay of the San Francisco Superior Court struck down the newly passed eviction protections that prohibited certain evictions of teachers and minors during the school year. The judge ruled that the new protections were an impermissible procedural limitation on evictions because the protections extended the notice period for the eviction beyond the state-mandated 60 days. This ruling is particularly disappointing because the reasoning applies equally to the protections that existed be... Read more