California offers its renters some of the strongest anti-gouging laws in the country, along with some of the strongest protections against unfair eviction in the United States. In addition, the city of Oakland has its own residential rental property laws. An Oakland tenant harassment attorney can help you with any issues you may be experiencing in your rental unit.
Oakland offers rent protection programs, eviction protections, and a Tenant Protection Ordinance which prohibits tenant harassment and allows tenants to take legal action if a landlord harasses them.
As the pandemic lingers among U.S. citizens, tenant harassment among Oakland renters has been on the rise. With moratoriums on evictions and delays in the courts, landlords have been resorting to unlawful harassment as a way to push tenants to move out without going through the eviction process. Among the techniques landlords use are: shutting off utilities, threatening renters with reports to immigration officials, making video or audio recordings in a tenant’s unit, changing locks, and other hostile acts.
Landlords will also at times refuse to allow renters to bring in other roommates, a common occurrence under pandemic conditions. Oakland’s Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance was revised in July 2020 to expand protections where renters bring in a roommate that a landlord “unreasonably refuses.” But unfortunately, some landlords have continued to push back unlawfully against tenants who exercise their rights.
In response to tenant harassment incidents over the years, Oakland enacted the Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO), most recently amended in July 2021. Under the TPO, tenant harassment occurs when a landlord engages in any of the following conduct in bad faith:
If you have experienced these or other similar acts by your Oakland landlord, a local tenant harassment attorney can help to protect your rights.
If you were a victim of a landlord’s bad faith conduct under the TPO, you may be able to file a claim against your landlord. However, for your claim to have the best chance of being successful, there are specific steps you must take, including properly notifying your landlord of the issue(s) and giving them reasonable time to respond. Before taking action, we recommend speaking with an experienced Oakland tenants’ rights lawyer who can help you better understand the requirements and deadlines that might impact your claim and explain your legal options involving a current or former landlord.
Contact us at Wolford Wayne LLP today for an initial consultation regarding your case.
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.
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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.
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