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In San Francisco, It Is Legal to Store Your Own Stuff in Your Garage

San Francisco Tenants Store Bicycle Scooter Personal Items in Garage

San Francisco tenants can store more than just a car in their garage. While Section 603 of the San Francisco Housing Code ostensibly limits garage use, “only for storage of automobiles,” the law also exempts garages in dwellings, apartments, and residential hotels. San Francisco Housing Code § 603.  In 2014, ...

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The Los Angeles Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance

Los Angeles Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance

The City of Los Angeles Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance seeks to protect every Los Angeles tenant from harassment perpetrated by unscrupulous landlords and designed to force families from their homes.  By protecting every rental unit in Los Angeles and providing for a private right of action, the Los Angeles Tenant Anti-Harassment ...

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California Tenants Silenced No More

Silenced No More Act California Tenants

Effective January 1, 2022, the Silenced No More Act – passed as part of California’s comprehensive efforts empowering survivors of harassment and discrimination and preventing future abuses – expands existing protections for California tenants signing settlement agreements in lawsuits or administrative actions, including at the California Department of Fair Employment ...

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California Workers Silenced No More After Gaining Unbridled Right to Freely Speak About Unlawful Workplace Acts

The Silenced No More Act California Workers Nondisparagement Settlement Agreements.jpeg

On January 1, 2022, SB 331, known as the Silenced No More Act, becomes effective throughout California. The Silenced No More Act empowers survivors of harassment and discrimination and seeks to curtail future abuses by perpetrators in the workplace. Building on 2018’s STAND Act (SB 820), the Silenced No More ...

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California Employees Entitled to Increased Premium Pay for Noncompliant Meal, Rest, and Recovery Breaks

On July 15, 2021, the Supreme Court of California published an employment law opinion answering a hotly contested wage and hour issue regarding the correct calculations for premium payments made to California employees. In Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC, 11 Cal. 5th 858 (2021), a bartender filed suit seeking to ...

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San Francisco Rent Ordinance § 37.13: How San Francisco Tenants Obtain Additional Keys

The San Francisco Rent Ordinance is clear, landlords must provide a minimum of one key or key set for each adult occupant without charge. San Francisco Administrative Code § 37.13.  However, the law also outlines how San Francisco tenants can obtain additional keys or key sets, and what actions San Francisco tenants ...

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Do I Have to Leave My San Francisco Home When My Landlord Sells The Building?

With San Francisco’s red hot real estate market continuing to soar during the COVID-19 pandemic, many San Francisco tenants face the uncertainties surrounding a sale of their building.  San Francisco tenants are not required to move out, and should not voluntarily move out, where the landlord sells the building.  The ...

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All About California Civil Code § 1950.5: The California Security Deposit Law

California Civil Code 195.5 Security Deposit Tenant

Often, California tenants must pay security deposits. Although usually an afterthought during the tenancy, security deposits can become central to landlord-tenant disputes upon a tenancy’s conclusion. For what can a landlord deduct from a California tenant’s security deposit? How many days does a California tenant have to wait for a ...

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Can California Landlords Require California Tenants Pay Rent Electronically?

Can California Landlords Require California Tenants Pay Rent Via Online Portal Only

Reports of California landlords requiring California tenants to pay rent via online portals and websites routinely surface with greater frequency in recent years. Given the increasingly frequent torrent of data breaches and malware attacks throughout the Nation, many tenants simply do not wish to keep their private financial information online. ...

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