July 2018 Newsletter

July 2018


Good Morning,
 
As a law firm whose practice is dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable renters in the San Francisco Bay Area, we at Tenant Law Group feel compelled to address events of the past several weeks involving the treatment of immigrant families at our nation’s southern border.
 
Tenant Law Group, PC condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent actions taken by federal immigration authorities to separate children from their parents and to criminalize asylum seekers and others fleeing danger in search of a better life.  We have represented and will proudly continue to represent immigrants—both documented and undocumented—because we believe that all renters, regardless of immigration status, should enjoy a minimal standard of living.  Even here in the Bay Area immigrant renters sometimes endure unconscionable conditions in rental units out of a fear that complaining could result in the reporting of their status to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.*
 
But words are not enough.  Effective Monday, July 16, Tenant Law Group will donate $10.00 of every fee collected for a tenant rights attorney consultation to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Central and South Texas.
 
On behalf of our team, which includes immigrants as well as the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of immigrants, we say to all Spanish-speaking immigrant tenants: estamos aqui para ayudarlos.
 
Thank you for your support of Tenant Law Group.

Best Wishes,

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Eric L. Toscano
CEO & Managing Attorney


*In California, It is illegal for a landlord to threaten to disclose information regarding the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant, occupant, or other person known to the landlord to be associated with a tenant or occupant for the purpose of influencing a tenant to vacate. See Cal. Civ. Code § 1940.2(a)(5) Landlords who do so face civil penalties of up to $2,000.00 per violation. Id. § 1940.2(b).

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