City extorting couple for $117,000 to relocate their only tenant

Daniel and Maria Levin in front of their San Francisco home.

Daniel and Maria Levin in front of their San Francisco home.

PLF challenges landlord extortion: The City by the Bay has been Daniel and Maria Levin’s home for decades.  They’ve worked hard in their small business for 20 years and saved to enjoy a life of retirement.  But a new San Francisco ordinance requires the Levins and other rental property owners to fork over vast sums of money to tenants if the owners want to use their property as they wish.  Today, PLF attorneys filed a lawsuit challenging the Relocation Assistance Payment Ordinance, which requires the Levins to pay their tenant $117,000 simply to be able to fully occupy their two-unit home.



“We simply cannot afford that staggering sum.”

–PLF Client Daniel Levin

“We simply want the freedom to live in and use our own property, our own home.  But our backs are against the wall because of this new, unconstitutional law,” said Daniel.

We represent two associations of residential rental property owners – the San Francisco Apartment Owners Association and the Coalition for Better Housing – and Parklane Associates, an apartment building subject to the ordinance.

Meet the Levins in our new video on this important case.  Read our news release and blog post with more details.  Please forward this Sentry to family and friends to inform them of this dangerous case of landlord extortion.


Listen to Dave Breemer discuss this case. 


Learn more about:  Daniel and Maria Levin, San Francisco Apartment Association (SFAA), Parklane Associates, LP, Coalition for Better Housing (CBH) v. City and County of San Francisco.



San Francisco is forcing the Levins to be landlords


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