Most tenants in Oakland live in homes or apartments covered by the city’s local rent ordinance, which spells out rules for when a landlord can evict a tenant. Even if your landlord has grounds to evict you, they must follow detailed rules and procedures to evict you legally. Landlords cannot just kick you out, throw your belongings on the street or change the locks. Actions like this are illegal, and landlords who commit these violations can face serious consequences.
Our office represents Oakland tenants who have been wrongfully evicted from their homes. Even though the law makes changing the locks and throwing tenants on the street illegal, this sadly still happens far too often in cities like Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco. Illegally evicted tenants may have a right to bring a lawsuit for substantial compensation. If you believe you were wrongfully forced out of your home, discuss your legal options today with the experienced Oakland wrongful eviction attorneys at Wolford Wayne.
Wrongful evictions occur when a landlord does not go through the proper legal process and instead takes the eviction process into their own hands (known as a “self-help” eviction) or convinces a tenant to move out through fraud. Wrongful or illegal evictions can happen in many ways. Here are a few other common scenarios that lead to wrongful eviction in Oakland:
Note that a wrongful eviction is different from a legal eviction. Tenants who were served with an eviction lawsuit and subsequently lose in court or move out as part of a settlement of that eviction process typically do not have the ability to turn around and sue their landlord for wrongful eviction. If your landlord went through the legal process for evicting you for an allowable “just cause” for eviction, then you likely were not wrongfully evicted.
If you have been illegally evicted by your landlord, the first step to getting justice is speaking with a qualified tenant’s rights attorney. A tenant attorney can talk through what happened, evaluate the evidence you have, and discuss your options. In certain circumstances, tenants who have been wrongfully evicted may be able to sue their landlord for their financial losses from losing their homes.
The biggest challenge, however, is proving that you were evicted illegally.
If you are considering moving out of your rental unit because of an issue like a harassing landlord or repairs that were never made, talk to an Oakland tenant’s rights lawyer first. They can help you understand if you have grounds for legal action against your landlord and help you gather important evidence while you are still in your unit.
Under Oakland’s Tenant Protection Ordinance, tenants who are illegally evicted may be entitled to substantial financial damages depending on how long they lived in their home, whether their home is rent-controlled, and the specific facts of their situation. Some of the damages your Oakland wrongful eviction attorney can help you seek include:
If you suspect you were wrongfully evicted in Oakland, you have ways to fight back. You may be able to file a wrongful eviction lawsuit and receive compensation for your losses, but you need to act quickly to build a strong case.
At Wolford Wayne LLP, our wrongful eviction attorneys understand eviction laws in cities like Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley, and we use our knowledge to seek justice for people illegally forced out of their homes. We will review your wrongful eviction case and determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit. Talk to our Oakland wrongful eviction attorneys today to get started.
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.