Law Office of Paul P. DeAngelis

Real Estate Law

Like the narrator in Mending Wall, Paul challenges past ways of thinking and looks for practical and creative ways to solve real estate problems. What might work best often turns on the economic realities, legal arguments, and people dynamics. He applies his experience in and out of court to fit each situation—some call for settlement talks or mediation, and others trial themes and admissible evidence. In 1996, Paul graduated with honors from Boston University School of Law. Since 1998, he has practiced in San Francisco and successfully represented clients in court actions, jury and bench trials, and arbitration hearings. Paul is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, The Top Trial Lawyers in America®.

Paul concentrates on real estate law:

  • Neighbor Disputes related to trees, views, landscaping, fences, construction projects, boundary lines, access, easements, encroachments, noise, barking dogs, or other nuisances.
  • Landlord-Tenant Matters, including tenant rights under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, unsafe and uninhabitable conditions, building fires, wrongful and constructive evictions, OMIs, owner-property management, and statewide tenant protection laws.
  • Commercial Leases to assist owners and tenants regarding leases and tenancy issues (recently Covid protection laws) for office, restaurant, and retail spaces.
  • HOA Issues related to board and member problems, CC&Rs or house rules, maintenance obligations, noise, repairs, parking, short-term rentals, reserves, and assessment issues.
  • Purchase and Sale Disputes regarding alleged nondisclosure or misrepresentation claims, making or responding to mediation demands, and handling pre-litigation mediations.
  • Historic Property Investigations—to resolve neighbor disputes or to advise on developing or purchasing properties—regarding ownership, use, rights, and interests.

Paul stays active in his communities. He teaches at San Francisco State University’s Paralegal Program and serves on its Advisory Board. His courses include investigation, discovery, and trial, and ethics and public speaking. Paul also gives lectures to professional groups on real estate matters and other topics, including on the U.S. Legal System to visiting Judges from China through SFSU’s Center of Global Engagement.

He emphasizes the importance of pro bono work to his students as one way to address the 80% problem—80% cannot afford legal services. In 2010, Legal Services for Children awarded Paul the Child’s Advocacy Award from for his pro bono work representing disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area. His pro bono work in 2021 included:

  • Representing non-profit wildlife group to assist with agreement for major funding.
  • Representing elderly tenant where new owners sought unlawful changes to tenancy.
  • Representing elderly homeowner to assist on title-ownership and probate issues.

Paul regularly swims in the San Francisco Bay as a member of the South End Rowing Club. He was featured on KQED’s My Spot. Listen to Paul’s interview My Spot: Braving the Icy Waters of San Francisco Bay. Paul maintains a Lifeguarding Certification from the American Red Cross.


An unusual attorney—pleasant, warm, and understanding.”

–  World War II Veteran, B17 Bomber Pilot

Paul has great instincts, and executes them well. After bringing him into a months-long real estate-related liability negotiation, Paul quickly assessed the situation and provided a new approach. To our surprise, we were able to quickly resolve the conflict completely in our favor!”

–  From a buyer

Paul reviewed a lease of a potential office for my company and saved us from a nightmare situation. The lease was 20+ pages and I didn’t have time to read it. With just a few hours of work, Paul was able to point out some major issues with the lease. He didn’t tell us no, he presented us with facts which I found super helpful.”

– Andrew Munday, Startup Founder

We had a noise nuisance and health issues with a neighbor that was causing a lot of problems. After exhausting all the public resources available, we hired Paul DeAngelis to help us out. Paul did a great job listening to our concerns and he was super responsive, which made us feel comfortable working with him. Paul developed a strategy, which, I’m happy to report, helped us rectify the nuisance in a short amount of time.  If you live in San Francisco and you are experiencing nuisance issues with a neighbor, I strongly recommend you contact Paul.  We found him to be fair and an overall joy to work with.  And most importantly, he fixed our problem.”

– Homeowner in Neighbor Dispute

Practice Areas

Real Estate Practice Areas

  • Neighbor Disputes, Trees, Views, Landscaping and Fences
  • Easements, Encroachments, Access, and Boundary Lines
  • Construction Projects, Nuisances, and HOA Problems

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Landlord-Tenant Matters

  • San Francisco Rent Ordinance
  • Statewide Rent Cap and Just Cause Evictions
  • Commercial Leases

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Purchase and Sales & Property Investigations

  • Nondisclosure and Misrepresentation Claims
  • Mediation Demands and Pre-litigation Mediation
  • Historic Property Investigations

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