October 2021 Newsletter

COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, New Oakland Office & Positions in Our Firm

Hello,

People often ask how the COVID-19 pandemic—namely the eviction moratoria, rent relief programs, and the often-confusing web of federal, state, and local regulations—have affected the work we do on behalf of renters here at Tenant Law Group.

While our primary focus is on helping tenants who have been harassed or forced to endure uninhabitable living conditions recover money for their losses, we also offer attorney consultations for renters who simply have questions about or need legal advice pertaining to their tenancies.

We have certainly seen an uptick in inquiries about COVID-19-related laws and regulations. Additionally, we have heard from many tenants whose landlords have resorted to illegal self-help to collect past due rent. Examples include threatening violence against a tenant, threatening to report a tenant’s immigration status to federal authorities, entering rental units without notice and/or without a legal justification for entry, forcibly removing tenant property from a rental unit, locking a tenant out of a rental unit, and engaging in other harassing behavior.

Although COVID-19 has been devastating to both tenants and landlords, landlords who engage in any of these actions are breaking the law. If you or someone you know has been subjected to any of these harassing behaviors by a landlord, please contact us for a complimentary case evaluation.

In the meantime, we encourage all California tenants behind on rent to investigate eligibility for the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. As previously noted, this program aims to pay 100% of the back rent owed by lower-income tenants. California renters who have not yet investigated their eligibility for this Program should do so immediately. As of September 27, this Program had distributed $649 million to more than 227,000 households. This is still a fraction of the $5.2 billion in federal rent relief money available to California households behind on rent.

On an unrelated note, Tenant Law Group is thrilled to announce the opening of its third location in Oakland, California. The office address is 1999 Harrison Street, 18th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612, and the direct line is (510) 991-5321. Tenant Law Group also has offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. We expect to announce the opening of additional offices before the end of the year.

Given our plans to expand into new geographical areas and help as many tenants as possible, Tenant Law Group is constantly hiring. If you or someone you know is looking to join one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States, visit this link for a list of lawyer and non-lawyer positions for which we are interviewing. In addition to being certified as a Great Place to Work, Tenant Law Group offers job perks that include 100% remote work (i.e., no commute); monthly reimbursement for use of a home office; full health, dental, and vision benefits after ninety days of full time employment; paid vacations, holidays, and sick leave in accordance with state law; and a retirement plan with a mandatory employer contribution after the first calendar year of employment.

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) 915-7445 or follow this link to get started.

Warmest Wishes,

Eric L. Toscano
Founder & CEO

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