In California, a landlord cannot compel a tenant to move out without first filing and prevailing in an eviction lawsuit. Wolford Wayne LLP regularly provides San Francisco and Alameda County tenants with eviction defense representation.
While most lawsuits can take upwards of a year to resolve, the life of an eviction lawsuit is measured in weeks. If you have been served with an unlawful detainer, you must act quickly. Tenants generally only have five calendar days to file a response with the court after being served with the lawsuit. Failure to file a response within five days could result in a default judgment, which in turn could mean losing your right to fight the lawsuit. Representation by an experienced tenant’s rights attorney can be a tremendous asset in helping you stay in your home or secure a settlement.
Just Cause Evictions in San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the few cities in the nation with strong eviction protections for tenants. For those units covered under the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, a landlord can only evict a tenant for one of sixteen “just causes” for eviction. If a landlord cannot assert a right to evict for one of these grounds they cannot legally evict you. If you have been evicted without just cause and believe that your unit is/was covered by the just cause provisions of the Rent Ordinance you may have a basis for a wrongful eviction claim. Scroll down for a complete list of San Francisco’s Just Causes.
Several Bay Area cities, including Oakland, Richmond, East Palo Alto, and Mountain View have similar–but not identical–Just Cause laws on the books. Regardless of your jurisdiction, a tenant’s attorney may be able to help you understand whether your rights are being violated.
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These are some of our results and not a guarantee of an outcome.
Tenant granted summary judgment in their favor in an eviction lawsuit filed by landlord on claim that use of illegal unit constituted a nuisance in violation of San Francisco Rent Ordinance.
Victory on behalf of a residential tenant in Oakland who was facing an eviction lawsuit. Our office filed a motion for summary judgment which was granted by the Court, and recovered all fees and costs for our client.
Jason handled my owner move-in eviction with great professionalism. His strategies were to be commended as the owner rescinded the eviction. I also love the fact that he gives back to the tenant community by volunteering a lot of his personal time. As everyone knows there are many attorneys out there that are left to be desired and then there are good attorneys such as Jason. I highly recommend him.
Daniel fought for my wife and me against one of the most infamous landlord attorneys in San Francisco. While this attorney was belligerent and bullying, Daniel kept his professionalism, always holding in mind the possibility that the case might have to go to trial and preparing for such an outcome by creating a history of professional interaction and reasonableness. Although the other attorney was disorganized and made countless errors, Daniel remained deliberate, thorough and thoughtful. Daniel was also very communicative and kept us informed at every turn. He was honest, modest and realistic; he let us know if he wasn't sure about some aspect of the law pertaining to the case and assured us he would be seeking expert consultation. In the end, we got a fair settlement at a very fair price. Daniel was sensitive to our financial situation and did not bill us for any unnecessary time. He was also extremely sensitive to our privacy and confidentiality; we felt protected. Finally, Daniel is very passionate about helping tenants in SF.
Daniel helped me fight my landlord over the eviction. Daniel guided through the complicated process explaining my options and advising on strategy and tactics. He is very approachable, knowledgeable and straight forward -- all the quality you want in your lawyer. Thanks to his advise I ended up winning the case (actually landlord dropped the case). I would definitely recommend Daniel to anyone having legal disputes with landlord.
We have used Jason Wolford twice in the last few years: once for a wrongful injury lawsuit against one landlord, and most recently for an Ellis Act eviction by a different landlord. In both cases, Jason was able to negotiate very significant settlements on our behalf. Jason is an outstanding attorney and negotiator.
Daniel Wayne saves the day, well saved my apartment in SF which was a huge relief. He was very knowledgeable and very proficient with the way he represented my eviction notice. If Daniel hadn't step in and approached my case, I would have to relocate outside of SF and this would have taken me away from my 15-year high school son which lives half the time with his Mom and half the time with me. So not only did he win my case, he kept a father and son together. I can't thank Daniel Wayne enough.