Posted by anonymous
I wasn't sure that I even had a case because my Roomate tried to evict me as I subleased from her & we didn't even sign a contract to begin with. My Roomate & I had a 1 year oral lease agreement....BUT my Roomate tried to say that it was month to month & wanted to remove me on September 1. Turns out after contacting Ken....I stayed in the house until November 5th. Long story short....my Roomate ended up NEGATIVE $5000 in attorney's fees and had to pay $9000 in rent by herself. While I ended up POSITIVE $3000 (not having to pay rent) and I got my $1000 Security Deposit back on the same day of move out AND my Roomate/landlord signed a settlement contract stating that we she would drop all claims & remove them from public record.
In the end I probably could have went to full nine yards with Ken's strategy and won triple that amount or more.....but honestly....I was ready to move and it wasn't worth it emotionally to continue in this course of action having to leave work early to go to the courthouse and meet all of these deadlines.
Do EXACTLY what Ken tells you to do and you will be totally fine! I didn't even have to show up for a court appearance (by Kens guidance) and it bought me an extra 2-3 weeks.
You just have to be very CLEAR with Ken about YOUR NEEDS and what YOU WANT. For example, I would have told him that I needed all papers Filed, faxed & filled out by HIM because I couldn't keep leaving work early or I was going to lose my job. Also I would have told him that if he thinks that I have a strong case, why don't we win it immediately, rather than drag it on & make my landlord settle way later.
I would have also asked about awards after I win. Will my Roomate have to pay for all the consultations & paperwork that I paid Ken for?
Anyways, this was a first for me & Ken's sense of humor and tenacity helped me grow a back bone & stand up & not be bullied around. He also provided some great pep talks when I needed and he encouraged me not to give up.
It's amazing how helpless and low you feel in these situations & Ken just happens to love going to the extremes to help tenants!
Make sure you ask him the long term consequences if you lose (for example, a UD is on your record for life if you lose the eviction and it can affect your credit).
I didn't realize how dirty other attorneys & landlords play.....but luckily Ken feeds it right back to them!
Posted by anonymous
You need this man, No question.
In a nutshell:
You as a tenant can't win an eviction case period. the most you can do is to find a way to drag and delay your answer for 3 to 5 months and this will force the landlord to settle.
I was not behind on my rent. to contrary they returned my last rent payment because it was too much! Yes this action against me was a retaliation for reporting the landlord to government agencies.
Pomona Court Judges i dealt with were notorious in their bias against me, without knowing anything about my case! as such they just assumed i didn't pay my rent and i'm playing game to stay where iam, rent free!
My first judge was so pissed off and mad with me to the point he literally yelled at me making fun of my answers! anyway, when the Landlord lawyer found out in the 4th month, Ken Carlson is my "ghost" lawyer, as she put it, she literally panicked in front of the judge!!
Yes she got used to winning cases in 21 days or so, and for this reason she charged Landlords flat fee of $700 or so! Ken behind the seen, dragged my case on for 5 months. She happened to know Ken personally and when she complained to the judge about Ken tactics, the judge told me not to deal with Ken! imagine that if you can!who i deal with is none of his business, but this tell you, to what extend these so called judges are willing to go in support of landlords! So scared and stressed to death this lawyer, scared the hell out of her client "the Landlord" forcing him to settle with me, because she was operating at net loss, commuting very long distance from Ventura County to Pomona!! This arrogant land lord when I saw him on the settlement day, was literally shaking to the point he avoided any eye contact with me for the first time ever!
Posted by Nikki
Ken Carlson is by far the best in his field!! He knows what he is doing and predicts every situation and gains you the rights you are entitled to !! I recently saw how unfair it is as a tenant and having him for counsel is the only way (after speaking with many lawyers)to utilize your civil rights! He knows what he is counseling you and never made a mistake with me !! I have to thank Ken for helping me not be homeless !! Real Talk Xo2
Posted by Tom
It's rare to find a real advocate. Someone who not only supports and advises, but who does so with both honor and intelligent strategy. Mr Carlson has literally kept me from living in a shopping cart. And gave me the time to get back on my feet. And in the process, saved me a lot of money.
And the Plaintiff's attorney remains frustrated and embarrassed.
Posted by Brett Schulte
I found myself living in a building the city said was illegal and Ken and his fantastic web site were an amazing resource. I won my case and received over $10K in relocation money that without Ken I wouldn't even have known about. Thanks Ken!
Posted by anonymous
If you are lucky enough to get a consult with Ken and even luckier to get him to take on your case, then consider yourself fortunate. He has been working for us as Tenants for 21 months. In other words WE have been in possession for 21 months and still going strong not paying rent.
We love Ken's enthusiasm and "Go-Get-Them" Attitude. Follow his instructions, do what he wants you to do and all will go well for your case too. He's a special person with a quick intelligent humorous mind. You will be in Great Hands!!!
Posted by Sandhi
I feel blessed to have found someone like Ken Carlson to help me when my slumlord landlord decided to try and scare me out of my home. Just as he says on his site, I was afraid, unsure, and feeling like I had no recourse until I found Ken's website and started consulting with Ken and using his service to prepare documents for the court. Not only has he helped me to take this slumlord to task but I have learned so much about the law and the corruption that is in our justice system.
I was just in court yesterday and everything Ken had told me in my trial prep consultation happened, just as he said. The judge pro tem was just acting as a second lawyer for my landlord and tried to bully me into accepting an agreement that was definitely NOT in my best interests (we found out after from a lawyer that this "judge" IS a landlord lawyer....)
Ken has guided me through every step and so far everything is going in my favor and I have been in this conflict since November of last year. When I started to waiver, thinking maybe their offer was a good one, my lifeline to Ken helped me to see how they were trying to trick me, and I was saved from making a very serious mistake in my case.
The battle continues but with Ken in my corner I am confident that I will get the settlement I am due and I will never be afraid of landlords, or courts, again!
Posted by Kim
Hiring Ken he was the best thing I did for this unlawful detainer! He guided and assured me and 5 months later I was able to move out at the expense of the landlord. He will guide you and your issues he is professional and is knowledgeable to the court system. You can trust him and feel confident he will put your landlord in place. Landlords are bully's and he is your protector. Thank you Ken Great Job!
Posted by anonymous
I only know Mr. Carlson via his website, CalTenantLaw ... his information there has helped my family tremendously as well as others whom my husband and I try to advocate for in Tenant/Landlord issues. We have won cases using his information, even though California Unlawful Detainer courts are the wild west as far as upholding the law. We heard one UD judge say, "You signed the contract so you don't get to have regrets here." She was referring to a rental agreement where the landlord had put numerous clauses in that directly violated the tenant's civil rights, housing rights, etc. (e.g., "If tenant sues the landlord, the tenant agrees to pay the landlord's attorney costs even if the tenant prevails.") The judge's ignorance is indicative of the horrible unconstitutionality that the UD proceedings in California have become. The judges have let the landlord lawyers decide how to interpret housing statutes, and that has left tenants with no true justice or recourse ... especially given you can't really find a "Tenant" lawyer out there.
One example of misinterpreted statues is the infamous CCC Section 1954, where EVERYONE (i.e., lawyers) states that the landlord has "an absolute right of entry" into your rented home. BUT, Section 1953 states the rights in 1954 ARE THE TENANT'S RIGHTS!! Just one example of how things have gone south for tenant rights.
But Ken Carlson is combating that with his website. And those few of us who are trying to get the law back on track with proper interpretations greatly appreciate his efforts.
Posted by Alex
I had a phone consultation ($5/min) and an initial consultation with Ken. I initially purchased the lawsuit kit from his website and was blown away by it, everything was well researched, easy to understand, and helped me get through a small claims case against my landlord. His site has length warnings about how you must make the most of your time when paying for a phone consultation, how to have your questions prepared, etc. I heeded those warnings and was very prepared for our consult, only to have Ken spend over half the time going over basics I told him I knew (1950.f and other portions of law) and ranting about corrupt landlords, judges, etc.
Is he cheaper than other attorneys? Yes. Is his site extremely useful and do I respect his work organizing for tenants rights/being an incredibly advocate? Yes. Would I hire him to represent me in court/pay for any more of his time? No.