San Francisco still trying to force landlords to pay for tenants' high rent

June 22, 2016 | By CALEB TROTTER

In 2014 PLF successfully asked a federal court to strike down a San Francisco ordinance that required landlords to pay their tenants the difference between the rent they charged (often low due to rent control policies) and the current market rent for two years if the landlord removed their property from the rental market under … ...


PLF's Timothy Sandefur and Jennifer Thompson on property rights in California

May 27, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

I’m guest-hosting on KFMB AM 760 in San Diego all week between 10 and noon, and this morning I talked with PLF staff attorney Jennifer Thompson about our litigation in defense of property rights in California. We talked in particular about the Lynch case, in which the court held that a property owner is not … ...


Inequality and housing

March 31, 2015 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

A new economic theory indicates that land use restrictions have worsened wealth inequality. Normally, we shouldn’t fret too much over wealth inequality from natural market forces. After all, free exchanges of goods and services between consenting adults are just, even if the resulting distribution is unequal. Moreover, free markets tend to ...


Tim the Lawyer joins Armstrong & Getty re. PLF's victory in S.F. property rights case

October 22, 2014 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

I’ll be talking with Armstrong and Getty at 7am Pacific about our victory in the Levin case. You can listen online here. Update: You can listen to the podcast here. … ...


S.F. to appeal Levin defeat–calls out PLF

October 22, 2014 | By J. DAVID BREEMER

Today, the City of San Francisco issued a press statement announcing its plans to appeal its recent loss in the case of Levin et. al. v. City and County of San Francisco. In that case, a federal court held that the City unconstitutionally took private property in enacting a law requiring landlords to pay tenants massive sums of … ...