October 2020 Newsletter

Voting, Proposition 21 & New Team Members

Good Morning,

It’s hard to believe there are less than twelve weeks left in 2020.  Although it has been a difficult year for everyone, it has been especially memorable for renters.  On January 1, 2020, the law permitting statewide rent control and just cause for eviction went into effect.  After the shelter-in-place orders went into effect in early spring, a patchwork of municipalities enacted ordinances protecting renters from evictions related to pandemic-related financial distress. And on August 31, 2020, Governor Newsom signed into law the COVID-19 Tenant, Homeowner and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020, which imposed a statewide procedure for dealing with the rental crisis caused by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more on the August 31, 2020 law and other COVID-19-related information, visit our updated COVID-19 Resource Page.

If you are feeling stressed about current events and are hungry for change, vote!  One ballot measure of particular importance to California renters is Proposition 21, which expands local governments’ authority to enact rent control on residential properties more than fifteen years old.  Please vote YES on Proposition 21, as this law would allow cities and counties to apply more kinds of rent control to more properties than under the current law.  A leading advocate for Bay Area renters is the San Francisco Tenants Union, whose local and statewide endorsements can be found here.  Here at Tenant Law Group, we are showing our support for democracy by giving all employees paid time off on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 to vote.  We encourage other employers to do the same.

The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has created a surge in demand for tenant rights legal services.  To keep up with this demand, we are pleased to welcome three new team members since the last newsletter.  On September 8, Gabriela Micheletti joined the team as Case Manager.  A native Spanish speaker, Gabriela earned a graduate degree in Business Administration in 2018 and a graduate degree in Finance in 2019, graduating with high honors.  On October 6, Lucas Bosman joined the team as Marketing Assistant.  Lucas is a rising sophomore at Stanford University, where he is currently studying Public Policy and International Relations.  A Vice-President of the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES), he is interested in merging entrepreneurship and politics.  And on October 8, 2020, Omar Guevara joined the team as Client Intake Coordinator.  After receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal law, Omar worked as an operations coordinator, sales manager, and trainer before joining Tenant Law Group.

If you are unsure of what California’s new laws mean to you as a renter, talk to a tenant rights attorney.  Tenant Law Group offers virtual attorney consultations for tenants throughout California and has discounted all attorney consultations by 20% through December 31, 2020.

Thank you for your continued support of Tenant Law Group.  If you or someone you know has been illegally displaced from a rent-controlled apartment; suffered discrimination or harassment in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income, disability, genetic information, medical condition, citizenship, primary language, and/or immigration status; or otherwise been harmed by a landlord’s unlawful actions, please call (415) 707-3859 or follow this link to get started.

Warmest Wishes,

Eric Toscano

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