Most buildings in Berkeley with at least two units built before June 30, 1980, are subject to the Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance, which limits rent increases and evictions. However, despite these laws to protect tenants, landlords often violate the ordinance, hoping tenants who don’t know their rights will not fight back.
Below are a few basic points about Berkeley tenant laws that every renter in the city should know. If you were forced to leave your residence due to a harassing landlord or unlivable conditions, contact a Berkeley tenant’s rights lawyer at Wolford Wayne today to discuss your legal options.
Most rental units in Berkeley are covered by the “good cause for eviction” protections of the Rent Ordinance. A landlord cannot evict a tenant from a protected unit unless one of the twelve “good causes” for eviction listed in the ordinance occurs. These causes range from failure to pay rent to an owner’s request to move into the unit.
Even with good cause, landlords must follow a strict process to legally evict a tenant, which varies based on the cause for eviction and the tenant’s circumstances. For example, an owner who wishes to move into a unit that a tenant has occupied for several years must give the tenant at least a 60-day notice to vacate, but tenants who commit illegal activity in their rental may be evicted more quickly.
Wrongful evictions happen when a landlord evicts a tenant in violation of the law. This can happen in many ways. Here are a few common wrongful eviction scenarios:
These are just a small sample of the ways a wrongful eviction can occur. It can be tough to know whether or not your landlord followed the correct legal process when evicting you. That’s why it is critical that you seek help from a Berkeley tenant’s rights lawyer if you think your rights have been violated. Landlords who illegally evict tenants can be subject to wrongful eviction lawsuits and could be required to pay monetary damages to the tenant.
Do you believe you were illegally evicted in Berkeley? You should consult an experienced tenant’s rights attorney as soon as possible. At Wolford Wayne, we only represent tenants, never landlords, so you know we’re truly on your side. And we don’t get paid unless you win your case because we believe justice should be within reach for all tenants.
Wolford Wayne is ready to fight for you if you’ve been wrongfully evicted or subjected to unlivable conditions in your rental home. Contact us today for more information.
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Recovered on behalf of an Oakland tenant who suffered a serious injury due to her landlord's negligent maintenance of her home.
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Recovered on behalf of a group of 30 tenants living in an SRO in San Francisco who were living with horrendous conditions in their rent controlled apartments, including rodents, bedbugs, mold, water leaks, and harassment.
Recovered on behalf of three families living in a building in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood who were forced to live with substandard conditions for years as a result of their landlord's negligence, including issues with lack of heat, lack of hot water, and cockroach/rat infestations.
Recovered on behalf of a couple living in a rent-controlled home in the outer Sunset neighborhood. Our clients were forced to vacate after the landlord served them with an Owner Move-In Eviction Notice. After the landlords failed to move into the property, our clients filed suit for wrongful eviction.
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco tenant in Russian Hill. The tenant was forced to vacate her illegal apartment in retaliation for reporting unlawful rent increases to the San Francisco Rent Board. Our client was forced to vacate after her landlord served our client with a series of eviction notices and told her the apartment was unsafe to live in.
Recovered for a long-term tenant in San Francisco. Our client was forced to move out of his apartment as a result of extreme landlord harassment.
Recovered on behalf of three long-term tenants in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood who were constructively evicted due to noise and nuisance conditions created by their downstairs neighbors, which the owner refused to address.
Recovered on behalf of an elderly, disabled San Francisco tenant who was forced to move out of her rent-controlled San Francisco apartment of 50 years after the landlord/owner failed to resolve numerous building code violations that remained outstanding for over a decade.
Recovered on behalf of seven tenants living in a makeshift boarding house in East Palo Alto.
Recovered on behalf of two San Francisco tenants who were wrongfully evicted via a fraudulent owner move-in eviction where the owner failed to occupy the property as their principal place of residence.
Recovered on behalf of an elderly long-term tenant who was forced to vacate her long San Francisco apartment as a result of her landlord's refusal to address longstanding defective conditions, including lack of heat, mold, rodent infestations, and defective plumbing.
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco tenant who was forced to vacate his home as a result of ongoing, disruptive construction and the owner's refusal to provide him with alternative housing.
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco family that was constructively evicted from their home in the Richmond District as a result of unlawful rent increases, defective conditions, and tenant harassment.
Recovered on behalf of a tenant living in an illegal unit who was wrongfully evicted. Our client was forced to vacate under false pretenses while her landlord undertook supposedly necessary construction and then was never allowed to return.
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