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 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.
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