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
Landlords have a duty to provide tenants with a permanent source of heat. If you have been left without heat for an extended period of time you may have grounds to take legal action.
Our attorneys fight for the rights of San Francisco tenants. You should be comfortable in your own home. Call us today to discuss your options.
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If your landlord fails to provide you with a permanent heat source – or adequate heat, they are violating the law. Landlords who fail to provide heat can be sued, fined by the city, or face legal action.
Section 701 of the San Francisco Housing Code requires landlords to provide a heat source capable of maintaining a room temperature of 68 degrees from 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
If you don’t have sufficient heat it is important to inform your landlord in writing. Even if your landlord already knows, inform them in writing. This ensures you have evidence that you have put your landlord on notice.
If your landlord fails to fix the problem consider contacting the Department of Building Inspection (DBI). DBI will schedule a date for an inspection. If the inspector determines that something is not up to code, they will issue a Notice of Violation to your landlord.
If you don’t have heat you may have grounds to take legal action. What approach is best depends on the situation. One option is to file a petition with the Rent Board for a Decrease in Services, asking the Rent Board to decrease your rent. However depending on the circumstances you may have grounds for a lawsuit, in which case a Rent Board petition may not be the best approach.
Before taking any action be sure to talk to a qualified tenant’s rights lawyer about your options.
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.