Noteable/Published BASTA Cases

BASTA boasts one of the most prolific and successful appellate departments in the state. Our attorneys consistently change the law for tenants in California — strengthening your rights and your ability to fight successfully to protect them.

As of January 1, 2018, BASTA’s attorneys have claimed nine published appellate decisions, including:

ABCO, LLC v Eversley

Summary: The court held that a conventional house is exempt from the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance as a “dwelling, one-family.” Mixed-use buildings that happen to contain only one dwelling unit are ordinary “rental units” subject to that ordinance.

Active Properties LLC v Cabrera

Summary: Slumlords who ignore orders to repair their properties must pay a tenant's attorney’s fees when they engage in the process of litigation by attrition by filing and then dismissing cases against the the tenants who dare assert their rights.

Crasnick v Marquez

Summary: The attorneys who represent tenants own the awards of attorney’s fees.

Foster v Williams

Summary: Landlords cannot evict tenants unless the tenant is told how to pay the rent.

Garcia v Cruz

Summary: Tenants do not lose their right to a jury trial for failing to pay rent into an escrow account during an unlawful detainer action. Courts cannot require tenants to pay back rent into an escrow account during an unlawful detainer action.

Significance: People get jury trials without a financial burden.

Intelligent Investments Corp v Gonzales

Summary: Slumlords subject to the rent escrow account program must pay a tenant's attorney’s fees when they engage in the process of litigation by attrition by filing and then dismissing cases against the the tenants who dare assert their rights.

Munoz v Silva

Summary: Established that indigent litigants who have obtained a fee waiver are not obligated to deposit $150 to preserve their right to a jury trial.

Significance: people get jury trials without a financial burden.

12300 Sherman Way LLC v Harford (Unpublished)