About Hooshmand Law Group

Hooshmand Law Group focuses on landlord tenant matters and complex class actions. For evictions we assist tenants in defending evictions from false owner move in (OMI) evictions, wrongful and retaliatory evictions and evictions dealing with illegal units.  We also sue landlords to recover damages as a result of violations of law. Hooshmand Law Group’s representative cases include:

$2.9 million settlement for habitability conditions
$1.5 million settlement for habitability conditions
$1 million settlement for wrongful eviction of tenant by landlord for false owner move in
$670,000 judgment following jury verdict for wrongful eviction based on false owner move in
$460,000 judgment following jury verdict for wrongful eviction based on false owner move in
• Lawsuit vs. Landlord — on behalf of 80 + residents of apartment building affected by substandard conditions
• Lawsuit vs. Landlord – False Owner Move in (OMI) where landlord allegedly evicted tenants under false Owner Move in so that they can perform Short Term Rentals
Marymount Gateway Apartments – Class Certification for conversion of Apartment Building in Pacifica

San Francisco approves improved laws regarding fraudulent owner move in evictions

The Board of Supervisors has approved important legislation meant to address fraudulent owner move in evictions. These changes include:

  • Landlords are required to provide a declaration under penalty of perjury stating that they intend to reside in the unit for at least 36 consecutive months
  • For five years after the OMI, Rent Board is required to annually notify the current unit occupant of the maximum allowable rent
  • For five years after the OMI, the landlord must offer the unit first to the displaced tenant
  • Statute of limitations increased from three to five years
  • Allows non-profits whose primary mission is protecting the tenant rights in San Francisco to bring a civil action against a landlord for wrongful eviction.
    • Must first provide 30 days notice of intent to initiate civil proceedings by serving a draft complaint on the City Attorney’s Office, and any known address of the affected tenant.
    • SOL 3 years

Thank you to the Tenants’ Union and the Housing Rights Committee for leading the charge on strengthening tenant protections.

Have you been served with a 60-Day Notice of Termination of Tenancy for an Owner or Relative Move-In (“OMI”)?

Contact the Hooshmand Law Group to speak with an attorney for a free and confidential evaluation of your rights.  Use our online submission form to upload the 60-Day Notice and we will contact you to discuss your case.  According to NBC Bay Area, 1 in 4 Owner Move-In Evictions may be fraudulent.  The Hooshmand Law Group recently obtained two significant jury verdicts in fraudulent Owner Move In and Relative Move In trials in San Francisco and we are actively working to protect tenants in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Notice of Settlement in Fairfax Hotel Class Action Case

On June 30, 2017, the San Francisco County Superior Court signed an order for preliminary approval of settlement of the Fairfax Hotel class action case. A copy of the Notice of Settlement of Class Action can be found here.

If you have any questions or to submit a claim form, please send an email to fairfaxclass@lawmmh.com or contact Jacob Swanson at 415-318-5709.

Hooshmand Law Group Wins Jury Verdict In Favor Of Tenants In Fraudulent Relative Move-in Eviction

The Hooshmand Law Group has obtained a judgment in excess of $460,000 for a public school teacher who was wrongfully evicted pursuant to the Owner and Relative Move-In (OMI/RMI) provision of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance (statute below).  After a two-week trial the jury found that the landlords, who had recently purchased the 4-unit building in San Francisco, had acted in bad faith and knowing disregard of the law when they terminated the Plaintiff’s tenancy on the pretext that their brother would be moving into the unit.  The San Francisco Rent Ordinance requires that a landlord or relative for whom a unit is vacated must have a good faith intent to occupy the unit for a period of thirty-six consecutive months.  Often, however, the owner or relative never move in and instead the Landlord rents the unit out at a much higher price. Read more….