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Hearing Examiner Rules For 136 Tenants Against East Palo Alto Landlord

Publication Date: 
May 20, 2009
San Jose Mercury News
Jessica Bernstein-Wax

Jay M. Spears Clinical Teaching Fellow Jessica K. Steinberg is quoted and the Stanford Community Law Clinic is mentioned in a San Jose Mercury News article about a ruling in an East Palo Alto landlord-tenant case. The Community Law Clinic represents the tenants in the case. The Mercury News writes:

A hearing examiner has issued a general ruling in favor of 136 tenants who allege East Palo Alto's biggest landlord violated local rent control laws by overcharging them.

Hearing Examiner Peter Labrador mailed the document earlier this month to the Stanford Community Law Clinic, which is representing the tenants, and Woodland Park Management, part of Palo-Alto based Page Mill Properties.


Jessica Steinberg, a supervising attorney with the Stanford clinic who worked with law students on the case, called the ruling "a significant victory."

"For me, it was an unambiguous declaration that the rent increases are unlawful," Steinberg said Tuesday. "He ruled for our clients on every point."


Steinberg said both parties are working with the city and rent board to determine how the case should move forward. It remains unclear whether the rent board will hear Page Mill's appeal before individual cases are reviewed, or whether the parties will come to some other agreement, Steinberg said.