In San Francisco, most tenants are protected by the San Francisco rent ordinance, which controls the cost of rent and requires a just cause for eviction. The San Francisco Rent Board administers this ordinance, and there are several key ways it protects a tenant’s rights.
Wolford Wayne LLP is dedicated to serving tenants in San Francisco, as well as Oakland and Berkeley, who were wrongfully evicted. Understanding the protections you have under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance is a good first step in determining if your landlord is acting improperly.
If you’ve been subject to a wrongful eviction, contact us to discuss your specific case.
The law covering rent limitations and eviction procedures in San Francisco is the Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance, commonly called the Rent Ordinance. Here is an overview of some of the main protections created by the ordinance:
The San Francisco Rent Ordinance ensures that landlords of units covered by the ordinance cannot increase rent without limit. Rent increases are only allowed by the Rent Board based on inflation or when passing on certain costs that do not require a petition to the Rent Board. This can include the cost of some bond measures or utility passthroughs when paid by the landlord. Other potential rent increases subject to the rent ordinance include:
Rent increases are limited under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, which can help protect tenants’ rights. If your landlord is attempting to force you out of your home with illegal rent increases, help is available. The wrongful eviction attorneys at Wolford Wayne LLP are dedicated to seeking justice for tenants whose landlord has violated local laws. Contact us today to discuss your case.
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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