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
We provide representation in lawsuits on behalf of tenants who have been forced out of their rent-controlled homes due to mold. Mold infestations can have serious consequences for tenants.
Prolonged mold exposure can lead to a variety of health problems for tenants. These include throat/eye irritation, headaches, congestion, coughing, asthma, and skin irritation.
years of experience in representing tenants.
It is hard to hold your landlord responsible for something they don’t know about. If you are dealing with water leaks or visible mold in your unit, notify your landlord or property manager immediately. Make sure to inform them in writing, and keep copies of everything.
Take photos and keep copies of your complaints/communications with your landlord. If you communicate with your landlord by text, download copies of your text messages periodically. If you lose your phone you lose the texts. You’ll want to have evidence of when the problem started in case you need to take legal action. If your landlord refuses to make repairs make sure you properly document your requests.
If your health is being affected by mold, see a doctor. It can be hard to track causation for any of these symptoms, as a host of irritants can trigger them. Nevertheless, if you end up in court claiming that your apartment’s mold made you suffer, you’ll want to have medical records to back you up.
There are ways to test whether high levels of mold are present. Ask your landlord to test your home for mold. Air and surface samples are best. Consider getting testing done yourself if your landlord refuses to do testing or share results. This should be done by a certified mold specialist.
Most of the time mold requires professional treatment. Neither you nor your landlord should be wiping down walls with cleaning supplies. This can spread the mold to the air and is at best a temporary fix. It also can have the negative result of wiping away evidence of a problem. Most of the time mold will grow back if wiped away because mold can live inside walls. To be safe document the problems before attempting any cleaning.
If test results come back positive for high levels of mold, be prepared that there may not be a quick fix. Proper abatement can involve tearing out floors, walls, and ceilings. This should not be done while you are in the unit. This means you may have to move out temporarily.
Be sure to get the names and contact info for the contractors or mold abatement crews who do the work. And insist on getting it in writing from your landlord that you can move back after the work is done.
If you don’t trust your landlord or continue to experience health issues after you move back in, hire a third party to do a follow-up mold test afterward to make sure the problem has been resolved.
If your landlord doesn’t take proper action, contact the SF Department of Public Health. They’ll send an inspector out and, if your problem warrants it, serve your landlord a notice of violation. This can be helpful in compelling your landlord to act (if they refused to do so) and can be useful evidence for purposes of a potential lawsuit.
Moving should be a last resort. But if mold is impacting your health you may have to decide what’s more important – your health or your rent control. If you’ve followed the steps above and your landlord still refuses to fix the issues, you may have grounds to sue for constructive eviction.
Every situation is unique. If you are dealing with a severe mold problem contact us today to discuss 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.