Happy Valentine's Day!
It seems hard to believe that next week we’ll already be more than halfway through the first quarter of 2022. In this newsletter, we’ll talk about new renter-friendly legislation in San Francisco.
On January 25, San Francisco renters received some welcome news. San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance requiring landlords to give residential tenants ten days’ notice and the opportunity to cure (remedy) the issue before initiating eviction proceedings. This extends the three-day notice required under state law, giving renters an extra week before facing eviction.
As noted in this article published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Supervisor Dean Preston, who authored the law, said this would be the first time a California city has imposed such a broad warning mandate before evictions can commence.
The ten-day notice and cure requirement will apply to evictions for failing to pay rent; violating a material term of the tenancy; committing or allowing a nuisance that is severe, continuing, or recurring; using or permitting the unit to be used for an illegal purpose; refusing to execute a written extension or renewal of the lease under the same terms as previously existed; and refusing to allow the landlord access to the unit. The ten-day notice and cure requirement will not, however, apply to evictions based on a tenant causing or creating an imminent risk of physical harm to person or property or on nonpayment of COVID-19-related rental debt.
The law is expected to take effect in March, after the Board of Supervisors takes a required second vote and Mayor London Breed signs the legislation.
While this is a great step towards keeping San Francisco tenants housed, the San Francisco Apartment Association may sue to prevent the law from being enacted.
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Eric L. Toscano
Founder & CEO
This month, Tenant Law Group’s Partner Spotlight is on The Nieves Law Firm, an award-winning criminal defense law firm that assists people in criminal, contempt, and restraining order cases throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Solano, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Napa, and San Mateo counties. The firm also serves people throughout the entire state of California in post-conviction relief matters—a legal recourse individuals can pursue after their case ends to help minimize the impact of a conviction. Common examples of conviction relief include expungements, pardons, and motions to vacate prior convictions.
The Nieves Law Firm was founded to help those who find themselves unexpectedly caught in the California criminal justice system. The firm’s attorneys are energetic and aggressive in their efforts to extricate clients from their situations and help them get their lives back on track. If you or anyone you know is in need of a strong criminal defense lawyer, we highly recommend you contact the Nieves Law Firm by clicking here or calling (510) 570-1577.
We are thrilled to welcome our newest team members: Client Intake Specialist Andrea (Andy) De La Garza and Senior Paralegal Cheryl A. Sanders. Both joined Tenant Law Group this week.
Andy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and a diploma in Human Resources and Freedom of Speech from the Universidad de Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. Before joining Tenant Law Group, she worked as a sales and marketing leader for a renewable energy company. Before that, she worked at Arca Continental (Coca-Cola) in human resources. She has also worked as an English teacher. Innovative and highly committed, Andy enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and traveling. She speaks native Spanish, fluent English and some French.
Cheryl received an Associate of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies from the Southern California College of Business and Law, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English & Textual Studies from Syracuse University, and a Master of Arts degree in Legal Studies from the University of Arizona. She is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker. Cheryl brings eleven years of paralegal experience to Tenant Law Group. She has managed litigation claims from inception to close. She has experience drafting and responding to discovery, conducting legal research, preparing motions, mediation briefs, arbitration briefs, trial briefs, answers, complaints, demurrers, and other general pleadings. Before joining Tenant Law Group, Cheryl worked as a Real Property Manager and a Real Property Analyst.
Welcome to the team, Andy and Cheryl!