Wolford Wayne represents tenants before the Rent Board. Many landlord-tenant disputes can be resolved at the San Francisco Rent Board. The Rent Board is a great resource for tenants. For some disputes, such as those related to a rent increase or whether a unit is a tenant’s primary place of residency, the Rent Board is the only available venue. To find out more check out our overview of their services here.
If you have been dealing with a problem in your home that is making your living situation unbearable and are constructively evicted contact us today to discuss your options.
We have a strong track record of success before the rent board defeating 1.21 Petitions. Once a rent-controlled tenant no longer uses their apartment as their primary home a landlord can raise the rent.
Landlords who suspect a tenant isn’t using their home as their primary residence can bring a petition to raise the rent. This is known as a 1.21 petition. 1 .21 refers to the Rent Board Rules and Regulations Section 1.21. Often we see landlords do this without actually talking to a tenant and finding out what is going on. Tenants can fight these petitions. We help tenants prepare a response and represent tenants at hearings on 1.21 Petitions.
If a landlord thinks a tenant no longer lives in their apartment they can try to raise rent to the market rate. A landlord can raise a tenant’s rent to market rate when the “original occupants” no longer live in the unit. In other words, if you are a subtenant and your master tenant moves out, your landlord may be able to raise your rent. To raise rent legally the landlord must file a petition. The Rent Board will then hold a hearing on the issue.
If you’re a tenant who’s received notice of this type of petition, it’s not a lost cause. Depending on your relationship with the landlord, the length of your tenancy, and other factors, you may still have a right to rent control.
Landlords can only raise rent on a rent-controlled apartment by a fixed amount each year. If a landlord tries to raise your rent beyond the allowable amount, a tenant can file a petition to challenge the rent increase. This comes into play in particular when a landlord claims that a unit is not covered by rent control. The Rent Board will hold a hearing to determine the legal rent.
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
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