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.
Posted by Ron
My experience with Ken has been nothing short of spectacular! His knowledge, expertise, and experience make him second to none. I was so scared when my landlord first threatened me with being evicted, however, after talking with Ken for my initial consultation I knew I was in good hands. I wouldn't wish a landlord-tenant dispute on anybody, but if that is what you are facing Ken is your man!
Posted by Jeff Bunnell
Ken is the best. Do not hesitate in hiring this lawyer. He knows what he is talking about and will take care of all your concerns. Most importantly, he will get you more time and frustrate the heck out of your landlord and his lawyer.
Ken really does “work for you” just as his webpage states. Many times, I called him and we only had a short window to prep the documents before filing the same day, but Ken ALWAYS came through. That is so important during this ordeal; as you may or may not know, one day late in filing and it’s over.
I won my case, and got exactly what I wanted going in. My landlord got frustrated and we settled. cannot praise Mr Carlson enough. 35 years of experience. 5 stars repeatedly. Hire this lawyer and rejoice. Ken is your landlord’s worst nightmare.
Posted by anonymous
Before I found California Tenant Law & Mr. Ken Carlson online, I hired an “Eviction Delay” service that, at first, sounded good but then quickly didn't feel right. They immediately had me file a ‘Demurrer’ instead first trying to ‘Quash’ a defective 3-Day Notice but only prepared an answer for me and forgot or didn't prepare one for my wife.
(Sorry about the legal terms “Quash, Demurrer & 3-Day” you’ll understand later when you hire Ken.)
I was not aware of the consequences to my wife until it was too late. She was found in “Default” by a Pasadena, CA court so I had to press on however, not with the crappy eviction delay service but with Calif. Tenant Law.
My goal was; to avoid the UD judgment and find another habitable home for my family in my neighborhood. Or just WIN in court because of uninhabitable issues with my apartment and “illegal late fees” charged to me when I was late paying rent in the past and other technical legal issues. (I was surprised to find out that late fees to pay rent were illegal, who knew?)
Mr. Carlson did an absolutely masterful job in informing, educating and supporting me through the entire process of an Unlawful Detainer. In doing so, Mr. Carlson saved me thousands in legal fees and a black mark on my credit. With Ken’s help I won in court and kept my family off the streets until I can find another place to live.
Here’s how effective Ken’s help was and continues to be; I beat not only the landlord and his pompous “Harvard educated” attorney! Don’t get me wrong I like Harvard just not this arrogant know it all. This lawyer even had the gall to raise his voice at the Judge as he tried to school her on the technicality of the law on illegal late fees on a 3-Day Notice.
Now I’m on offensive, and with Ken’s help, I will be filing a counter lawsuit for Malicious Prosecution against the landlord, possibly the new management company & definitely the opposing attorney!
I kind of feel sorry for the landlord for having to pay all those court and legal fees which must be close to $10,000 by now only to expend more to defend against a counter lawsuit.
In winning the Unlawful Detainer the landlord also has to write me a check for all my legal expenses, as well as, reimburse me all the illegal late fees charged to me in the amount of about $1,360! (Ken still has to review that amount.)
Not really proud of this, I’m not a deadbeat, we are just having a hard time making ends meet, but I am now going on 8 months without having to pay rent. As Ken says, this is the landlord’s choice. The landlord came after me rather than continue to work with me as he did the previous 14 months to make rent.
I very much recommend that you stay away from these eviction delay services, they are vultures and you get the short end of the stick. Join up with an attorney that specializes in Landlord/Tenant law or just forget the others and team up with Ken!!
The great thing about Ken is this, you know he has your best interest at heart. Just as important, he knows the law very well. You can feel it …you can hear it in his voice.
Posted by Lorna
Ken Carlson was absolutely the best thing since sliced bread for me. I was dealing with the King of Difficult Landlords and facing an unlawful eviction until he explained to me that all hope was not lost. Ken provided me with a wealth of information, assisted me with filings, trial preparation, and gave me the courage to face a very difficult Landlord who does little or nothing to maintain his property and nothing at all for the benefit of his tenants.
Ken was patient and available at my beacon call, and made the process understandable for me and in essence it ended up being an enjoyable experience. What I liked best was that his materials were "right on the money", and he did not waste my time with 'nonsense' papers that the court clerks were attempting to require me to fill out. Ken held my hand through the whole thing and was even available to me during the settlement conference with my landlord and his lawyer.
The icing on the cake was when my landlord's attorney stated the following: "You were a nightmare for me to defend my client, and I was flustered after dealing with you. You were the BEST prepared defendant I have ever encountered in my entire legal career." I thanked him for the compliment, and I just need to say that this is a testament to the power of what Ken Carson can do for you!!
I would use his services again without hesitation, and I highly recommend him. He is easy to work with, has a phenomenal sense of humor and more importantly, if you use Ken's services and do everything the way that he tells you, YOU WILL WIN YOUR CASE!!
I did. I basically got to stay in my home for another 45 days rent free, I got my security deposit back and he cannot put an eviction on my record. I also wiped out 6 months of back-pay on the rent, based on what Ken taught me. If I can do this, so can you!
That's why I say that Ken Carson is the BOMB and he ROCKS!!
Posted by anonymous
We are still in our home after receiving the Unlawful Detainer in August. Stop! Do Not use any other Tenant lawyer other than Ken Carlson. He not only is the best, he is Trustworthy, Responsive, knowledgeable and keeps us in formed, just as the Overall Rating states.
BEST. BEST. BEST!
I will keep posting as we continue using the Game Board, which by the way is wonderful!