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Posted by Melissa, a Real Estate client,
I had a great experience with Ken. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding tenant law. He was concise and direct. I hired him for advice and to prepare a case in Superior Count against my prior landlord. Fortunately, by understanding my rights and with the threat of a real and justifiable lawsuit the landlord returned 100% of the security deposit she was holding in bad faith. I would recommend Ken 100%.
Posted by Lee,
I cannot thank Ken Carlson enough. He helped me get through one of the roughest times of my life. I was facing dilapidated conditions, eviction, foreclosure, and to make matters worst a court ordered property management receiver was thrown into the picture. I was fighting two entities not just one. While searching the internet for a lawyer, I found Ken Carlson's website. There was a plethora of useful information, but what got me hooked was The Game Board page. I called Ken who is a pleasure to speak with, a real people person. Ken asked what my situation was and he gave me advice. He made things plain and clear. He answered my questions without any doubts. It was 7 months of paper war before a settlement was agreed upon. I believe if I hadn't found Ken I would have been evicted long ago and had the burden of uprooting my family and moving. Ken walked me through how to get the repairs that I needed and deserved done. Ken knows his business and I was lucky to find him. Throughout the 7 months I paid no rent. I also have security in case the foreclosure ends by way of auction or sale. He is the best. Thanks Ken.
Posted by Jolie, a Landlord & Tenant client,
I am so happy I found Ken..He not only understood why I was taking "the riskiest route" when I had enough and had made my decision to withhold rent, he led me step by step in a route to CHECKMATE! I may be speaking too soon as my case is still unresolved, however, I can not figure any possible way for the other party to prevail...they have lost and they have no idea how to proceed! I had been told by every lawyer I had previously consulted, not to proceed as I wanted to...they all said it was too risky. .. and while I was scared, Ken helped us get thru court clerk mistakes as well as our own misguided ideas of how to proceed...and he made it fun...he's funny and extremely knowledgeable in all landlord tenant issues - there is absolutely no way we would be in the position we are in without him! The opposing parties attorney actually called him "notorious" when he was denied his motion and wanted the Judge to know I was "not actually in pro per" because Ken's name was on the proof of service. The judge waved him off as it didn't make any difference - but winning does make all the difference - if you want to win, I really couldn't recommend Ken enough...he predicted every single move of the other party - to the "T". When I told him how amazed I was, he explained he wasn't clairvoyant , he had just had enough experience. I am writing this review in hopes that other tenants read it and hire him - he's so knowledgeable and affordable - I want every mistreated tenant to feel what it feels like when the tables turn and you are holding all the cards...and it's even better when Ken has kept you laughing all along the way! He is the best there is.
Thank you Ken Carlson - you deserve an award for the most awesome tenant attorney on the planet!!
Posted by Terry, a Landlord & Tenant client,
Towards the end of 2012, I got a totally unjustified notice of termination of my lease/non renewal. I contacted Ken. E mailed or faxed him all papers & talked to him on phone. Told him the whole story. He reassured me that I was being wronged. He told me word for word what to do about it. I did exactly as he said. Long story short, I stayed in my apartment for the last 5 months totally free, didn't owe any back rent, judge sealed record AND I got my deposit back! The whole process was very peaceful. Ken & I had a huge laugh in the end. I couldn't possibly recommended anyone higher than Ken. Contact him now & find out for yourself!
Posted by Jason, a Landlord & Tenant client,
I was very fortunate to find Ken Carlson on the internet. I was facing an eviction, and I knew I wanted to stand up to my arrogant landlord and enforce my legal rights, but I had no idea who to turn to. I was getting nervous because all I kept finding on the internet were companies that had fancy websites, but they weren't lawyers, they simply were companies that claimed they could help with eviction assistance. Then I started noticing these companies domain names would change every few weeks. Not a good sign. Thankfully I came across Ken Carlson's website. After reading his website, seeing he has been in this business for over 30 years, I knew this was my guy! First of all, he is a real attorney! And he had so much helpful information on his website, it was so professional, I knew this is the man I would put my trust in, and I am so glad I did. Ken knows Eviction law like Michael Jordan knows basketball! He enlightened me about what my rights were, and went over what different strategies which would be best to give me the best possible outcome. Ken was so good that we actually beat my landlord's 1st eviction attempt, and made him start all over. His motions are amazingly well written and definately money well spent. Because of Ken's expertise, I was able to stay in my house for about 4 months after my 1st eviction notice, all while not paying rent, of course! In the end, I was able to settle my eviction with my landlord with NO judgement, and NO eviction on my record! That is what I call a VICTORY! I just want to say if you feel you are being wrongly evicted, and you want to stand up to your landlord and show him you won't be pushed around without a fight, then run, don't walk to schedule a consultation with Ken Carlson. After talking with him, you will gain so much confidence in him and your situation. Don't jeopardize your rights by going with these fly by night companies that may seem cheaper at first, believe me, you will regret it. Especially when the clerk and the judge at the courthouse makes a mistake that can ruin your whole case, then what are you going to do? If I didn't have Ken at my side, I would have lost my case in about a month, because both the clerk and the judge violated the law and almost ruined the whole case for me, but thankfully Ken Carlson was able to force them to correct their mistake and put me back on the winning track. In conclusion, if you want to fight your eviction, then hiring Ken Carlson as your attorney will be some of the best money you will ever spend, no question whatsover!
Posted by Mary, a Landlord & Tenant client,
Can't say enough good about Ken. When my landlord served me with an eviction notice, I found Ken by searching on the Internet. His website, Caltenantlaw, has good advice and the ability to schedule a consultation. Ken saved me from making a number of big mistakes, leading to a settlement that was acceptable to both parties. Thanks again, Ken
Posted by AW, a Landlord & Tenant client,
Ken is amazing!!! His knowledge is invaluable. It really feels good to know someone has your back when you are going through an eviction case. Landlords and their lawyers try to take advantage of you, but with Ken in your corner, they won't be able to. I don't know what I would have done without him. I won my case against a terrible, mean evil and unscrupulous landlord. Without kens wealth of knowledge and experience they would have ran all over me. i would recommend him again and again and again....
Posted by Wanda, a Landlord & Tenant client,
I am not surprised Mr. Carlson has had some type of disciplinary ding on his record. He is straightforward and tells things like they are. Sometimes people just cannot handle the truth, especially when it comes to landlords wanting to keep the tenants in this country ignorant and subservient.
Ken is extremely knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and offers a plethora of great information on his website. I have been working with several attorneys dealing with a lawsuit in San Diego. None of them hold a candle to Ken. I wish he had been in San Diego when I went to court.
I could not recommend this man highly enough.
Posted by a Landlord & Tenant client,
I was a tenant about to be 'wrongfully evicted' due to the homeowner's foreclosure I learned about at the last minute. I was told by a few lawyers that all of my rights were being violated. Things with Mr. Carlson started out great, he seemed very knowledgeable with just enough compassion to get through to someone facing the possible disaster me and my family was. He was extremely confident to the point of bragging, and even put down the other party's attorney for being a "wind bag" that talks a great game but never delivers. Halfway into my case things had gotten worse and NOTHING he suggested and did helped. After yet another hearing, in which everything Mr. Carlson insisted would work to my advantage, completely failed, I brought this fact to his attention. Since I was down to one or two more chances to prevent a complete disaster even PARTIALLY, I questioned the strategy of his remaining course of action. Between pointing out his 100% loss record with me and wanting more detail regarding his last chance to help me in any way, he became very rude, blamed all previous results on "corrupt judges, sneaky dishonest lawyers, and stupid clerks". All of a sudden, he became harder to reach at the time when he was needed the most, and he gave me vague messages about what he could try to do with the options I was unexpectedly facing (due to the fact that everything he did failed). For my last 2 chances to get relief from what I was facing: 1. I received an early am email from him telling me what he thought he should do and I immediately responded to him with two simple questions about that. Hours passed, he didn't respond to that message as well as two other 'sos' emails and a phone call to him, and when I finally did reach him he told me I was out of time. There were a couple of hours left in the day to file paperwork with the court but he said he didn't have any more time to do that for me. 2. The very last day to seek any legal relief, and this time I was the fool because I let him do this again. He sent a very brief email of what he could try to do, I again wanted even a LITTLE more info from him, the stakes were too high and I needed to know exactly what I was making a decision about, and this time? He NEVER contacted me for the rest of the day, and my family was evicted. It felt as if he was retaliating against me for me pointing out the fact that nothing he all but guaranteed would happen did in fact happen, and for questioning anything further he wanted to do after that. It's easy to be a 'good guy' when things go well, but when things go anything BUT well it seems to reveal one's true character. Mr. Carlson ended up costing three times more than what he estimated, and did not deliver any results. At all. It's very misleading to tell someone 'pay me this, I'll do this, and it will get you that', instead of 'It SHOULD or MAY (etc) get you....'. ESPECIALLY to someone who is in a very desperate situation. It even took him 2 weeks and countless messages/requests from me to refund what he was over paid for. What a very brutal lesson learned...One that has us still living a nightmare.
Posted by a Landlord & Tenant client,
I would absolutely recommend Ken Carlson! His website www.caltenantlaw.com is the only one that actually leveled the playing field for tenants against landlords trying to evict them. Ken told tenants what their rights were, how to fight eviction (and win), thereby enabling renters facing eviction a level playing field against their landlords.
The options on this form for when I last worked with him only offer 1 month ago or later. Fact is, he's working with me right now and neutralized 80% of the fear of losing my home. Truth is, if it weren't for him I'd been out of my apartment two months ago!
My review is anonymous because I'm a reporter and author whose name is often Googled and I'd just as soon not have every person seeking one of my animal welfare articles learn that I'm in an eviction proceeding. If that weren't the case, I'd be pleased to have my name attached to this review.