Like all relationships, the landlord-tenant relationship can take various forms. Often, it can have an adversarial tone to it and sometimes it's just the usual ups and downs. But other times, it can go too far if the landlord crosses the line into tenant harassment.
Sadly, it's not unusual for landlords to harass their tenants to get them to leave, especially if they have rent and eviction control. Specifically, the San Francisco Rent Ordinance defines this with examples of fifteen forms of this outrageous behavior. With so many different instances, it's helpful to take a closer look at some common types of San Francisco tenant harassment.
It is illegal for your landlord (or anyone acting for your landlord) to shut off any of your utilities for the purpose of evicting you. This includes water, heat, gas, electricity, elevator, and phone services. If this happens to you, you should take action immediately:
A landlord or their agent can't enter your home without your consent unless they give you 24 hours written notice and only for the following reasons:
Just as your landlord is forbidden to enter your space (unless it's under the circumstances identified by law), they are also banned from keeping you out. In yet another effort to harass, some landlords take measures to prevent their tenants from entering their own home. Your landlord or their agent can't:
Tenants are also protected against landlord retaliation. If a tenant has filed a complaint against their landlord, it's illegal for the landlord to have a retaliatory response to the complaint. Unlawful actions include:
If you've experienced harassment from your landlord, then you are likely going through a tough time or just have a really difficult landlord. Whether you're dealing with being locked out, your landlord entering your space, or them trying to retaliate against you, there are things to do to take action against them. At Wolford Wayne, we are the team of talented attorneys you want fighting for your San Francisco renters' rights. Contact us today for more information—we're here to help you.
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
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