Eviction Defense

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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Case Studies

These are some of our results and not a guarantee of an outcome.

Summary Judgment

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.

Summary Judgment

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.


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