An eviction in San Francisco can take a long time and be very costly. For landlords, making mistakes during the course of the eviction can make it even more costly by forcing the landlord to restart the eviction proceedings or, worse, defend against a wrongful eviction lawsuit brought by the tenant. Continue reading
Governor Brown just approved a new law that will keep the records sealed for a longer period than before for tenants who are being evicted. Under the new law, the tenant will need to lose the case (have a judgment entered against him or her) in order for his or her name to appear on the public docket. Therefore, my overall advice to landlords to check http://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org/online-services/verify?f=nsq and do a search of your prospective tenants’ names is even less effective.
To read more about the new law, click here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/09/14/new-law-protects-california-tenants-from-blacklists/
Premises liability is a general legal term which describes the risk that an owner (or occupier) of a property faces of getting sued if someone is injured on the property or as a result of activities on the property. Premises liability claims are based on negligence. The most common are “slip and fall” cases, but depending upon the property and the injury Continue reading
Converting an existing property into condominiums is a hot topic in San Francisco. Here is a quick guide to the benefits and legalities of converting your property to condominiums. However, the information is by no means a complete “how-to” on condo conversions. Also, this does not delve into San Francisco TIC’s (Tenancies-in-Common), which are seen by many as an alternative to condominiums. Continue reading
“What you see is what you get.” Right? If it were only that simple.
You buy a property, expecting it to be free of any easements or boundary issues. You come to learn later that
your property’s previous owner habitually allowed the neighbor to drive her car across what is now your Continue reading
Several of the “fifteen just causes” for eviction under rent control in San Francisco are based upon a tenant’s behavior. However, even if you are confident that your tenant’s behavior falls under this domain, it’s crucial to have professional legal guidance whenever starting an eviction process. Here is an overview Continue reading