Each year hundreds of San Francisco landlords violate the San Francisco Rent Ordinance with many leading to tenants being wrongfully evicted. Landlord-tenant laws in San Francisco can be complicated. Many tenants do not know the extent of their rights and their landlord’s obligations.
In San Francisco, landlords have a duty to provide tenants with a safe, inhabitable place to live, are limited on how and when they can increase tenants rents, and when – and how – they can forces tenant to move out.
Unfortunately, despite the many protections provided to tenants by the San Francisco Rent Ordinance we still see countless situations where landlords force tenants out of their homes unlawfully (known as a “wrongful eviction”).
If you believe that your tenant’s rights have been violated it is time to discuss your situation with an experienced and aggressive San Francisco tenant’s rights attorney.
At Wolford Wayne, we are dedicated to helping tenants seek justice for wrongful evictions. We have seen countless tenants who have been mistreated by their landlords. We help our clients create a legal plan and pursue the compensation and justice they deserve.
While there are many law firms claiming they represent tenants, many have limited or no experience doing it. Just like you wouldn’t want to go to a Pizzeria for Sushi, you don’t want to hire a personal injury or real estate attorney to handle your wrongful eviction lawsuit. You want a specialist. At Wolford Wayne all we do is represent residential tenants. Hiring a lawyer dedicated to fighting for tenant’s rights means hiring an expert. We know how to apply the facts to the law, we know the landlords, and we know their attorneys. This experience and commitment to tenants has helped us in becoming the premier firm for tenant representation in San Francisco.
We know it can be difficult to determine when to handle a landlord-tenant problem alone and when it is time to contact a tenant’s rights attorney. While many problems can be resolved without the need for involving a lawyer, here are some of the common situations where it may make sense to see about hiring a tenant’s rights attorney.
If you are dealing with poor living conditions that your landlord is refusing to address, it is time to talk to a lawyer about your options. Common issues that we see include ongoing and severe water leaks, mold growth, lack of heat or hot water, bedbug infestations, and rodent/pest infestations. Assuming that you have put your landlord on notice of the issue – in writing – your landlord has a duty to fix the problem in a timely manner. If you’ve been dealing with substandard living conditions for an extended period of time and your landlord is ignoring the issue, you may have grounds for legal action.
In San Francisco it is unlawful for a landlord to harass a tenant. Common forms of harassment include: attempting to force a tenant to move through fraud or intimidation; interrupting or failing to provide basic housing services such as heat, hot water, electricity; entering a tenant’s home without proper notice or a valid reason; refusing to accept rent or cash rent checks; threatening a tenant with words or gesture. There can be serious legal consequences for a landlord violating the law related to harassment. It is critical that you speak with an attorney to ensure you have proper evidence of the harassment and understand your options for taking legal action.
In San Francisco landlords are obligated to follow strict guidelines in order to evict a tenant. This includes having a “just cause” for eviction as provided by the Rent Ordinance, providing proper written notice, and then filing and prevailing on an eviction lawsuit before a tenant can be forced to move out.
If your landlord has taken matters into their own hands by forcing you to move out without a just cause, or by locking you out, they may be liable for a lawsuit for a wrongful eviction. Other common types of wrongful eviction include evictions for owner move-in where the landlord never moves in, or temporary evictions where a landlord never lets a tenant return.
If you suspect that your landlord is trying to force you out illegally, or that you have been wrongfully evicted then it is time to talk about your options with a tenant’s rights attorney straight away to protect your interests.
If you’re a tenant who believes their rights have been violated speak with our team of qualified San Francisco tenant’s rights attorney today to discuss your options. We’re here to help.
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.