San Diego Residential Real Estate

Your San Diego Residential Real Estate Lawyer

Hoffman & Forde, Attorneys at Law is a premier real estate law firm in San Diego. We handle a wide variety of residential real estate issues for our clients ranging from transactional issues to informal dispute resolution and litigation. Our residential real estate lawyers will address your situation with creative and cost-effective solutions regardless of your needs.

Our Residential Real Estate Services in San Diego

Our experienced residential real estate attorneys provide a full range of services to clients in San Diego county. We have demonstrated expertise within the following areas.

  • Landlord Tenant Disputes

    We represent landlords in a variety of matters, including but not limited to, drafting leases; property management/financing; unlawful detainer/evictions—both no-fault and fault-based cases; late payment and non-payment of rent; property damage; claims of breach of lease agreement/covenants—such as nuisance, unapproved subletting (i.e. Airbnb & VRBO rentals) and criminal activity; and defense against tenant lawsuits.

    Similarly, we represent tenants in matters including, but not limited to, wrongful eviction, rent control disputes, habitability issues—such as structural integrity, safety, health conditions, repairs to normal wear and tear, code compliance, and common area maintenance; and rental discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, family size, or source of income.

    Whether we are representing the landlord or the tenant, we often use negotiation, mediation or arbitration to achieve optimal results for our clients in a cost-effective manner. Additionally, our attorneys will not hesitate to go to court to protect our clients’ rights when necessary.

  • Homeowner Association (HOA) Disputes

    Whether you are a homeowner, condo owner, or association director, we regularly assist clients in matters involving HOA disputes.

    We represent both homeowners who have been accused of creating nuisances and those who are concerned about nuisances being created by others. We have the experience to analyze and determine the contribution of a wide range of factors, such as potential code violations, to nuisance disputes. We also assist homeowners who disagree with a special assessment their HOA has made against their property. Additionally, we handle matters involving disputes over covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs), whether you have been accused of a violation or if you believe not enough is being done to enforce the CC&Rs against other homeowners.

  • Purchase Disputes

    We deal with real estate transactions and disputes on a daily basis, giving us the knowledge and the know-how to navigate the complexities of the residential real estate purchase process. We handle matters concerning drafting purchase agreements; property title and adverse possession claims; nondisclosure of material facts; fraud disputes; undisclosed dual agency, misrepresentations on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) listings; and encumbrances or liens that may prevent the sale of a property.

  • Easement Disputes

    We handle easement disputes, including express easements, implied easements, and prescriptive easements that arise over trees; water drainage; the location of boundary lines; retaining walls; joint fences; or the encroachment of structures or buildings mainly located on one property across or upon the legal boundary over or onto the other property.

  • Disputes with Adjoining Neighbors & Properties

    We assist clients in disputes that arise between owners from construction work; view disputes; excessive noise, or other nuisances; or hazardous or conditions which endangers or affects the reasonable use and enjoyment of property.

  • Residential Loan Workouts

    If mortgage payments have become unsustainable, we can help you secure a loan modification that may save your home. The purpose of a loan modification is to provide you with a mortgage payment you can afford. The process is similar to a mortgage refinance but instead of entering into a new mortgage we work with lenders to modify the terms of our clients’ current mortgage. Receiving proper legal advice from an experienced loan modification attorney helps ensure the best possible loan modification with lenders that may help save your credit. We assist clients in lowering interest rates, extending the terms of their loans, lowering the principal balance of a loan and potentially getting rid of a second mortgage. Our firm also helps clients who are behind in their mortgage payments stop the foreclosure process.

Why Our Residential Real Estate Attorneys

Our San Diego residential real estate lawyers will protect you against the unexpected and help you get through a potentially stressful situation. Regardless of your unique situation, our lawyers are on your side, looking after your rights and interests. Hoffman & Forde is experienced in the resolution of various disputes. With our in-depth understanding of real estate law, we’ll help you avoid conflicts and unforeseen matters. Give yourself something valuable with our help: peace of mind.

Our Specialties


Resolve escrow disputes and close more effectively. Stop contract breaches and unnecessary fees.

Real Estate Litigation

Facing real estate litigation? Protect your property against fraud and other potential issues.

Real Estate Dispute

Transactions don’t always run smoothly. If a dispute is unavoidable, hire a skilled attorney today.

Landlords & Tenants

You can prevent landlord tenant conflicts before they happen or reach mutual agreement with counsel.

Real Estate Non-Disclosure

Are you buying, selling, or brokering a real estate property? Seek legal advice first, sign later.

Our Boutique Lawyers

Our highly-credentialed attorneys deliver superior quality services. Every client receives the best legal representation possible regardless of complexity.

Our Paralegals

Our dedicated paralegals are the behind-the-scenes experts who ensure our firm runs smoothly. They play a critical role in our client-focused approach, enabling our attorneys to deliver the highest quality service with precision and care.


San Diego Residential Real Estate Law Firm

We serve our clients’ individual needs while providing creative, practical, and affordable solutions. Our firm’s continued success results from our dedication, diligence, and honest communication with our clients.

Schedule Your Consultation

For inquiries regarding specific legal matters, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our intake specialists.

Why We Love San Diego

As California’s second largest city, San Diego enjoys a thriving economy, an ethnically diverse population, a talented workforce, magnificent beaches and parks and mild climate year-round. According to Forbes Magazine, San Diego is also quite “business friendly” - a great locality to launch a startup due to its highly educated workforce and a mix of high-tech industries. Additional industries include electronics, oceanography, aerospace and missiles, medical and scientific research, and agriculture. San Diego's natural harbor is also a hustling commercial port. Due to the city’s close proximity to Mexico, tourism contributes greatly to the city's economy. It is no surprise that San Diego is referred to as “America’s Finest City.”

The Climate

San Diego enjoys a comfortable climate, with the average temperature in the 70s. Our yearly average for mostly sunny days is 267.

The Attractions

San Diego’s attractions include the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Sea World, the USS Midway Museum, extensive beaches, art galleries, and more.

The People

With an estimated 1.4 million residents, San Diego is one of the most ethnically/culturally diverse cities in the country.