Finding affordable housing can be challenging for renters in Oakland and other cities like San Francisco and Berkeley. There are local ordinances that limit rent increases and restrict evictions, but the sad reality is that landlords still regularly violate the rights of their tenants, assuming tenants won’t fight back because they don’t understand the law.
At Wolford Wayne, we are dedicated to seeking justice for tenants who are illegally evicted or harassed by their landlords. If you believe your landlord has violated the law, an Oakland renter’s rights attorney can evaluate your case and explain your legal options.
Rent and eviction control protections in Oakland apply to most, but not all, rental units. The Oakland Residential Rent Adjustment Program provides rent control for buildings with at least two units that have a certificate of occupancy before Jan. 1, 1983. Most buildings in Oakland that have a certificate of occupancy before Dec. 31, 1995, must follow the regulations and rules of the Oakland Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance which restricts how and when a landlord can evict a tenant.
If a unit is covered by the Oakland Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance, a landlord cannot evict a tenant unless they have “just cause.” In Oakland, there are ten legally recognized reasons to evict a tenant. They include:
Remember, the landlord must have one of the above reasons to evict you and even then alleging one of these reasons does not mean that it is legitimate. We have seen many unscrupulous landlords take illegal actions to remove tenants, such as:
All of these actions are illegal, and you may be entitled to damages under the law if the landlord treats you in this manner.
If you believe you were illegally evicted or harassed by your landlord in Oakland, help is available. An Oakland renter’s rights attorney can review the circumstances of your case and help you determine the best course of action.
The tenant lawyers at Wolford Wayne fight aggressively to hold landlords accountable for wrongful evictions, unfair rent increases, and more. We only represent tenants, never landlords, so you can trust that we’re truly on your side. If you’ve been forced out of your home or harassed by your landlord in Oakland, San Francisco, or Berkeley, we want to help. Contact us today for more information about how we can assist you.
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco couple who were forced to give up their home of over twenty years after their landlord's dog attacked and killed their dog.
Recovered on behalf of an Oakland tenant who suffered a serious injury due to her landlord's negligent maintenance of her home.
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco tenant who suffered personal injuries and was forced to vacate his home of fifteen years after dealing with many months of environmental contamination and disruptive and nuisance construction conditions.
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.
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.
Recovered for a San Francisco tenant who was injured when her stairway railing collapsed.
Recovered in action for a group of tenants forced to vacate their San Francisco apartment due to severe habitability defects, including mold and water leaks.