Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco couple who were forced to give up their home of over twenty years after their landlord's dog attacked and killed their dog.
Recovered on behalf of an Oakland tenant who suffered a serious injury due to her landlord's negligent maintenance of her home.
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco tenant who suffered personal injuries and was forced to vacate his home of fifteen years after dealing with many months of environmental contamination and disruptive and nuisance construction conditions.
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.
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.
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.
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco tenant in Russian Hill. The tenant was forced to vacate her illegal apartment in retaliation for reporting unlawful rent increases to the San Francisco Rent Board. Our client was forced to vacate after her landlord served our client with a series of eviction notices and told her the apartment was unsafe to live in.
Recovered for a long-term tenant in San Francisco. Our client was forced to move out of his apartment as a result of extreme landlord harassment.
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.
Recovered on behalf of an elderly, disabled San Francisco tenant who was forced to move out of her rent-controlled San Francisco apartment of 50 years after the landlord/owner failed to resolve numerous building code violations that remained outstanding for over a decade.
Recovered on behalf of seven tenants living in a makeshift boarding house in East Palo Alto.
Recovered on behalf of two San Francisco tenants who were wrongfully evicted via a fraudulent owner move-in eviction where the owner failed to occupy the property as their principal place of residence.
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.
Recovered on behalf of a San Francisco tenant who was forced to vacate his home as a result of ongoing, disruptive construction and the owner's refusal to provide him with alternative housing.
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.
Recovered on behalf of a tenant living in an illegal unit who was wrongfully evicted. Our client was forced to vacate under false pretenses while her landlord undertook supposedly necessary construction and then was never allowed to return.
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.
Recovered for a San Francisco tenant who was injured when her stairway railing collapsed.
Recovered in action for a group of tenants forced to vacate their San Francisco apartment due to severe habitability defects, including mold and water leaks.
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.