At Wolford Wayne LLP, we believe that feeling safe and secure in your home is a fundamental right. This is why we’ve devoted our careers to representing tenants in the San Francisco Bay Area and protecting their rights. We focus on you, the tenant. We believe in tenants’ rights and only represent tenants, never landlords, so you can be sure we’re on your side. Our firm brings over 35 years of combined experience to your case. We will passionately advocate for your rights.
Berkeley has a local rent ordinance that provides protection for most tenants. These protections include rent control and “just cause” for eviction . Berkeley’s rent ordinance details twelve “just causes,” or reasons for eviction:
It is unlawful for a landlord to evict a tenant in Berkeley without proper notice and a just cause for eviction. For example, your landlord cannot simply tell you that you have to move out. They have to have one of the above listed justifications to evict you, and follow the proper legal process. A tenant who has been forced to vacate without a just cause may have grounds to sue for wrongful eviction.
If you have been forced to vacate by a landlord who has acted in bad faith or with dishonest intent, you may be eligible for compensation under the Berkeley Rent Ordinance. Compensation may include actual damages suffered by you due to wrongful eviction and attorney fees. If you are able to show sufficient evidence that the landlord’s actions were willful, you could be entitled to three times the actual damages suffered.
A constructive eviction occurs when a tenant is forced to move out of their rent-controlled home due to their landlord’s actions or inactions. Common causes of constructive eviction include:
If you have been forced out of your home unlawfully reach out to us to set up a free consultation. At Wolford Wayne LLP, we are committed to fighting for your interests. We understand how stressful landlord-tenant disputes can be, and we know the law is complex. Let us fight your legal battle, so you can focus on your well-being and the well-being of your family.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco tenant in Russian Hill. Tenant was forced to vacate her illegal apartment in retaliation for reporting unlawful rent increases to the San Francisco Rent Board.Read More
Recovered for a single long-term tenant in San Francisco. Our client was forced to move out of his apartment as a result of extreme landlord harassment.Read More
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.Read More
Recovered on behalf of elderly, disabled tenant who was forced to move out of her rent-controlled San Francisco apartment of 50 years after landlord/owner failed to resolve numerous building code violations that remained outstanding for over a decade.Read More
Recovered on behalf of seven tenants living in a makeshift boarding house in East Palo Alto.Read More
Recovered on behalf of two former San Francisco tenants who were evicted via an Owner Move-In Eviction and owner failed to occupy the unit as her primary place of residence.Read More
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. Read More
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco tenant who was forced to vacate his home as a result of ongoing, disruptive construction and the owners’ refusal to provide him with alternative housing. Read More
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.Read More
Recovered on behalf of a tenant living in an illegal “in-law” unit. In this case, a new owner purchased the building and then demolished our client’s unit without permits while she was displaced for seismic retrofitting.Read More
Recovered on behalf of two long term San Francisco tenants who were fraudulently evicted from their home of over twenty years under the pretext of an owner move-in eviction.Read More
Recovered for tenant who was injured when their stairway railing collapsed at the tenant’s Mission District apartment building.Read More
Recovered in action for a group of tenants forced to vacate their San Francisco apartment house due to severe habitability defects including mold and water leaks.Read More
For more information or to discuss your legal situation, call us today at (415) 649-6203 for a phone consultation or submit an inquiry below. Please note our firm can only assist tenants residing in San Francisco, Oakland & Berkeley.