Learn more about common landlord-tenant issues and find out about all the latest developments in housing and eviction law by keeping current on our latest blog posts. Each post we tackle a different issue relevant to Bay Area tenants.  In addition be sure to check out Daniel’s column “Ask a Tenant Lawyer” on the site Broke Ass Stuart. Have a suggestion for a topic? Contact us to let us know what you want to read about.

Fraudulent Owner Move-In Evictions

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Everyone in San Francisco knows someone who has been evicted thanks to an “owner move-in eviction.” But what happens if a tenant moves out of their apartment and their landlord doesn’t follow the law and move in? What happens if a landlord re-rents the apartment to a new tenant? In this article we discuss the consequences for what we commonly refer to as a fraudulent owner-move in eviction and the options for tenants who have been wrongfully evicted....

Protecting Your Tenancy from Rent Increases

If you have rent control your landlord can't give you a rent increase above two or three percent a year right? Not exactly. Enter Rent Board Rules and Regulations Section 1.21 . Section 1.21 allows a landlord to raise a tenant's rent to market rate where the tenant no longer uses their home as their "principle place of residence." Our office regularly represents tenants in rent increase disputes at the Rent Board. What is a 1.21 Petition? Section...

Pet Rules: Support Animals, Service Animals and Pets

In most cities, tenants don’t have to choose between finding a nice place to live and having a pet. Here in the Bay Area though, where the housing market is so tight, it’s a whole different story. In this article we explain the different local rules surrounding pets, support animals, and service animals for tenants. "No Pets" Lease Provisions Landlords have a right to prohibit tenants from having pets in their apartments. Because there is such high demand...