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Oakland Wrongful Eviction Lawyers

Oakland Wrongful Eviction Lawyers

If you were forced to move out of your rental unit and are questioning whether or not your eviction was lawful, it is essential to consult with an experienced wrongful eviction lawyer. When attempting to perform an eviction, Oakland landlords must provide proper notice, if the landlord still chooses to proceed—go through the courts to evict a tenant legally.

If you suspect that you have been the victim of a wrongful eviction and want to seek compensation for eviction-related damages from your landlord, the Oakland wrongful eviction lawyers at Wolford Wayne LLP may be able to help.

What Landlords in Oakland Must Do to Evict a Tenant Legally

Oakland has ordinances in place to protect tenants from wrongful eviction. The City of Oakland’s Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance requires that a landlord have “good or just cause” to legally evict a tenant. The eleven “just causes” the city recognizes as legal grounds for eviction are:

  1. Failure to pay rent
  2. Violations of a rental agreement (this cause is only valid if a landlord provides formal notice of the violations and evidence that you failed to remedy those violations)
  3. Refusal to sign a new lease with “substantially the same terms as the old lease”
  4. Substantial damage to the rental property caused by the tenant
  5. Engaging in illegal activity at the rented premises
  6. Ongoing disturbance of the peace following a written request from the landlord to cease the disturbance
  7. Refusing the landlord entrance to the property (so long as the landlord provided sufficient notice of their need to access the property)
  8. The landlord previously occupied the property as their principal place of residence and wishes to move back in
  9. The landlord wants to move into the premises as their primary residence, or the primary residence of their spouse, domestic partner, grandparent, parent, or child
  10. The landlord wants to remove the unit from the market through the Ellis Act)
  11. The landlord is making substantial repairs that affect the health and safety of tenants and that require the tenant(s) to vacate the property for the protection of their health

Even when a landlord has a valid just cause to evict a tenant, they still must go through the proper legal process to ensure a lawful eviction.

Wolford Wayne LLP Represents Tenants in Wrongful Eviction Lawsuits

Oakland’s Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance includes regulations that specify how a notice to terminate tenancy may be delivered, as well as the preferred language that the notice must contain. Under most circumstances, a landlord must provide written notice of at least 30 days or more before proceeding with an eviction, although some limited situations may allow for a notice as short as three days.

If your landlord forced you to vacate from your residence under unlawful circumstances or failed to follow the proper procedure for a lawful eviction, that landlord may owe you financial compensation for the following:

  • Loss of use damages arising from losing your rent controlled home.
  • Your emotional distress and other forms of pain and suffering caused by the wrongful eviction
  • Costs associated with relocation, such as mover’s fees
  • Legal fees and costs
  • Any other damages caused by the unlawful eviction

Losing your home is devastating. Being forced out under fraudulent or illegal circumstances is even worse. Victims of wrongful evictions in Oakland often turn to the compassionate attorneys at Wolford Wayne LLP to fight for their rights and obtain the compensation that wrongfully displaced tenants deserve.

Call Wolford Wayne LLP Today to Discuss Your Wrongful Eviction Case

If you have been forced out of your rental unit in Oakland by a wrongful eviction, our friendly and knowledgeable team is ready to speak with you and learn about the details of your situation. Call Wolford | Wayne LLP today or contact us online to discuss how an Oakland wrongful eviction lawyer from our team may be able to assist you.

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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.

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