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Posted by TLG | 10 Aug 2016
Given the limited stock of available rental units in the Bay Area, it has become more common for tenants in below-market rent-controlled apartments to be approached by their landlord to discuss a buyout. A buyout is a voluntary transaction whereby a tenant agrees to vacate a rent-controlled apartment in exchange for (1) a payment and (2) an agreement not to sue the landlord for any claims arising out of the tenancy. While tenant rights organizations such as the San Francisco Tenants Union are op....
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Posted by TLG | 03 Aug 2016
The other day, two former clients reminded me why I became a plaintiff’s attorney. I had first met the two, a married couple, nearly two years ago. They were tenants who had endured severe harassment at the hands of a former landlord. I filed suit on their behalf and pursued claims against the landlord. Over time, my clients and I got to know each other. The couple—now grandparents—had encountered struggles as young adults and spent many years apart, but persevered and were now continuing ....
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