Legal Q & A By Franco Simone

Q: I am a landlord and my previous tenant owes me money. What is the procedure to file a small claims lawsuit? A: You will first need to prepare and file a Plaintiff’s Claim and Order to go to Small Claims Court (SC-100). This form is found online or purchased at the San Diego Superior…

Supreme Court Tells Federal Court to Hear San Francisco Lifetime Lease Case By Deborah La Fetra

[In July], the United States Supreme Court announced that courts must hear our case Pakdel v. City and County of San Francisco, which challenges a San Francisco ordinance that forces land owners to provide lifetime leases to tenants. In the Court’s opinion, they removed barriers to bringing property rights cases in federal court. In 2009, Peyman Pakdel and his wife bought an apartment…

First Line of Defense!!! Reduce Risk & Liability By Jim Maxey

Fire extinguishers are the first line of defense for your property against fire.  Fire extinguishers are most effectively utilized when they are readily available in sufficient number and have adequate extinguishing capacity.  Most building fires occur around laundry rooms, elevator/electrical rooms, parking areas, building trash bins, and kitchens.  If a fire occurs, remember to evacuate…

Letters to the Editor …

Dear AOA: Except for the housing industry, I cannot think of any other business where moratorium, that allows payees to not meet their contractual financial obligations, is enacted and enforced. Have any of the mortgage companies been treated in the same manner as the housing providers?  Can those in arrear of loan payments who may…