New Law Regarding Masking of Public Records

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/

Premise Liability

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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

San Francisco Condominium Conversions

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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