S.F. landlords who can’t convince tenants to break their leases often engage in unlawful tenant harassment. Harassment takes many forms, and San Francisco law prohibits landlords from engaging in harassing behaviors to regain possession of their increasingly valuable units. If you’re the victim of tenant harassment in San Francisco, contact the dedicated tenant rights attorneys at Wolford Wayne LLP to discuss recovering compensation.
The prevalence of landlord harassment of rent-controlled tenants necessitated the passage of specific San Francisco anti-harassment laws. San Francisco Ordinance 37.10B prohibits landlords and/or their agents, employees, or subcontractors from engaging in any of the following acts in bad faith:
Bad faith generally means conduct undertaken for an unlawful purpose, such as pressuring tenants to terminate their leases or forcing constructive evictions. For example, § 37.10B states that evidence of bad faith may include increasing rent substantially in excess of comparable market rates or within the six months immediately after failing to recover possession.
Section 37.10B also provides the remedy for tenant harassment. Experienced S.F. tenants’ rights lawyers can file petitions to reduce rent with the rental board, use harassing conduct to defend against evictions, and help tenants file criminal charges. They may also ask civil courts to prohibit continued harassment and request money damages. San Francisco law allows tenants to recover either $1,000 per harassing event or three times the amount of their actual damages, called treble damages, from harassing landlords or their agents. This includes requesting damages for emotional distress.
Importantly, the prevailing tenant may also recover punitive damages and attorneys’ fees for landlord harassment. This means S.F. tenants subject to bad faith conduct might recover needed damages and enforce their rights without any out-of-pocket legal fees. Connect with the dedicated tenant harassment lawyers at Wolford Wayne LLP by calling (415) 649-6203 or connecting with us online for free.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco tenant in Russian Hill. Tenant was forced to vacate her illegal apartment in retaliation for reporting unlawful rent increases to the San Francisco Rent Board.Read More
Recovered for a single long-term tenant in San Francisco. Our client was forced to move out of his apartment as a result of extreme landlord harassment.Read More
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.Read More
Recovered on behalf of elderly, disabled tenant who was forced to move out of her rent-controlled San Francisco apartment of 50 years after landlord/owner failed to resolve numerous building code violations that remained outstanding for over a decade.Read More
Recovered on behalf of seven tenants living in a makeshift boarding house in East Palo Alto.Read More
Recovered on behalf of two former San Francisco tenants who were evicted via an Owner Move-In Eviction and owner failed to occupy the unit as her primary place of residence.Read More
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. Read More
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco tenant who was forced to vacate his home as a result of ongoing, disruptive construction and the owners’ refusal to provide him with alternative housing. Read More
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.Read More
Recovered on behalf of a tenant living in an illegal “in-law” unit. In this case, a new owner purchased the building and then demolished our client’s unit without permits while she was displaced for seismic retrofitting.Read More
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.Read More
Recovered for tenant who was injured when their stairway railing collapsed at the tenant’s Mission District apartment building.Read More
Recovered in action for a group of tenants forced to vacate their San Francisco apartment house due to severe habitability defects including mold and water leaks.Read More
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.