In this month’s newsletter, we explain what a wrongful eviction is. We also discuss what to do if your landlord refuses to return your security deposit.
As our goal is to make a difference in the lives of Bay Area tenants, I wanted to share a particularly satisfying story about “Ashley” (not her real name), who, along with her seven-year-old daughter, moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Oakland in May 2017. Almost immediately, Ashley and her daughter were forced to deal with cockroach and rodent infestations. They also experienced issues with toilet water running constantly, a shower functioning only intermittently, and mold throughout the unit. When Ashley exercised her legal right to withhold rent until these conditions were abated, her landlord served her with an eviction notice. With no place to go and facing homelessness, Ashley and her daughter moved out in September 2018. Tenant Law Group attorney E. Susie Mendoza successfully negotiated a sizeable settlement that Ashley will use to put a roof over her and her daughter’s head. We thank Ashley for being such a wonderful client and recognize Susie for being such a dedicated tenant advocate!
Finally, on behalf of my team, I’d like to thank you for your continued support of Tenant Law Group. We’re always looking for ways to educate and empower California renters. So please let us know about any specific topics you’d like us to address in future newsletters. And, as always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out at any time.
Eric L. Toscano
CEO & Managing Attorney
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MY LANDLORD WON’T RETURN MY SECURITY DEPOSIT. WHAT DO I DO?
WHAT IS A WRONGFUL EVICTION?
When I am asked what type of work I do, my response is always the same: “I help Bay Area tenants forced out of rent-controlled apartments get back on their feet.” This describes an ideal client for us. I am often asked whether our focus is unlawful detainer (eviction) defense. The short answer is no. An unlawful detainer is a special type of lawsuit where the landlord is always the plaintiff, the tenant is always the defendant, and the only legal issue for the court to decide is who has the right to possession of a rental unit. A tenant cannot counter-sue in an unlawful detainer lawsuit...
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