Practice

Areas of Practice

landlord-tenant 

The booming high tech economy in the Silicon Valley brought thousands of well-paid workers to the Bay Area. With limited supply of rental units, the high demand created tensions between landlords and tenants. Landlords sought to profit from their investment and tenants sought affordable housing. The landlord-tenant relationship is subject to federal and state law, and is also subject to ordinances & regulations. We are here to help. Our practice includes: 

  • Habitability issues 
  • Rent Increase Issues
  • Repairs and Services Issues
  • Security Deposit Issues
  • Assignments, Subleases, and Roommates   
  • Termination of Leases

 

eviction defense  

Once foreclosure sale is complete, the new owner usually gives the former homeowner a three-day notice to leave the property. Similarly, landlords start the eviction process with usually a three-day notice to cure or quit. After the notice period expires, the landlord brings an Unlawful Detainer action to evict the occupant.  Unlawful Detainer actions move very quickly. It is essential to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. We represent defendants. Our practice includes: 

  • Settlement Negotiations
  • Absent of Just Cause for Eviction Defense
  • Retaliatory Eviction Defense
  • Harassment Defense
  • Breach of Contract Defense
  • Discrimination Defense

foreclosure defense

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As a homeowner, you are protected by a host of state and federal laws. For example, the loan origination documents must comply with federal laws while the foreclosing party mainly follows state law. Defending against foreclosure is accomplished in varying degrees depending on the specifics of your case. The mortgage industry is heavily regulated and every case has its own factors. Our practice includes: 

  • Truth in Lending Act Violations
  • Predatory Lending
  • Loan Servicing Abuse 
  • Standing to Foreclose Issues
  • Breach of Contract
  • Priority Problems 

 

real estate TITLE DISPUTES

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Purchasers of property have the right to receive a clear title to the property. Notwithstanding, title disputes can arise anytime. They arise when title to the property or any part thereof is contested, or when a lien or encumbrance is asserted against the property or any part thereof. Litigation can be very effective way of resolving the issue but it is not the only option. Every case is different. We will work with you to determine the most effective option available to you. Our practice includes: 

  • Boundary Disputes
  • Encroachment
  • Adverse Possession
  • Chain of Titles Problems
  • Quiet Title Actions
  • Deed Reformation Actions
“I'm very pleased with the service provided by the Law Office of Moustafa Harfoush. I received a response to my inquiries within the same day and I could tell they really cared about my case. The legal advice was exactly what I was looking for and they followed-up to make sure my case was resolved. I highly recommend the Law Office of Moustafa Harfoush and will definitely reach out to them in the  future” 

—J.R., San Francisco