If you’re confused about your housing rights and obligations due to COVID-19, you’re not alone. The U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned the CDC’s eviction moratorium, but California vowed to continue certain protections and repayment schemes. This unprecedented situation, combined with the exponential increase in Bay Area rental prices, has left landlords eager to evict struggling tenants. Discuss your rights under California’s COVID-19 regulations and San Francisco wrongful eviction laws with the dedicated tenant rights lawyers at Wolford Wayne LLP by calling (415) 649-6203 or connecting with us online.
Tenant rights generally fall into three categories:
Rent control and anti-discrimination laws also protect San Francisco tenants, as do basic breach of contract laws controlling rental agreements. Various regulations might also provide tenants with legal remedies, including statutes dictating the specific responsibilities of landlords during buyout negotiations and pre-eviction proceedings. Experienced tenant rights lawyers near you can help you understand the specific laws applicable to your case.
The right to peaceable enjoyment generally protects Bay Area tenants from unlawful landlord intrusions, including coming into the apartment without notice and outside normal business hours, and unruly co-tenants. It may also provide tenants with remedies if their neighbors create unsafe conditions by selling drugs or harassing family members.
The warranty of habitability, along with various San Francisco health and safety laws, requires landlords to make necessary repairs, provide access to essential utilities, and take immediate action to remedy unsafe mold, asbestos, and health concerns. Lastly, tenants cannot be unlawfully evicted from their units. This includes constructive evictions, including landlords refusing to make repairs to force tenants out of rent-controlled units or engaging in harassing conduct to force lease terminations.
California takes a strong stance against tenant harassment, abusive landlords, and unlawful evictions. Penalties vary based on the type of unlawful conduct, the landlord’s intent, and applicable laws. In many cases, tenants might obtain the following relief:
Importantly, wrongfully evicted, threatened, or harassed tenants might recover the attorneys’ fees necessary to enforce their rights. This means San Francisco renters might obtain legal representation from the tenant rights lawyers at Wolford Wayne LLP without any upfront costs.
At Wolford Wayne LLP, we exclusively represent the rights of tenants in San Francisco. We might help California renters understand current COVID-19 protections, negotiate fair buyout agreements, and take legal action after unlawful evictions. If necessary, we can also sue to recover damages for unlawful landlord conduct. Connect with a dedicated tenant rights attorney near you for free by calling (415) 649-6203 or connecting with our legal team online.
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.