S.F. COUPLE AWARDED $2.7 MILLION AFTER BEING HARASSED BY LANDLORD
A California Court of Appeals recently upheld a judgment in the amount of $2.7 million against a San Francisco landlord sued for abusing tenants.
In Duncan v. Zoriall LLC, Plaintiffs, Tenants, alleged that their former landlord, Anne Kihagi and Christina Mwangi harassed and abused them. A jury awarded them damages totaling $3,528,000. The trial judge reduced the award to $2.7 million. The landlords appealed the decision. A California Appellate Court affirmed.
This decision should not be taken lightly. There has been a significant increase in lawsuits against real estate agents by tenants in San Francisco. San Francisco juries have a tendency to be liberal with their awards, particularly, when they were outraged by conduct. It should be noted that in this case, the damages were tripled under San Francisco rent control laws.