Tenant Rights Attorneys in San Francisco
Protecting Tenants in Oakland, the Bay Area & Surrounding Areas
Tenant Law Group is a firm dedicated to protecting the rights of California tenants—particularly those in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, which includes the counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Napa, and Sonoma. Since our attorneys never represent landlords, we fight aggressively—and exclusively—for tenants.
California is home to some of the most sought-after rental properties in the country. San Francisco recently surpassed New York City as the most expensive city for renters in the United States. In addition to statewide rent control, numerous cities throughout the Bay Area and the have implemented rent ordinances — local regulations governing, among other things, the maximum amount of annual rent increases and the legal justifications for evictions. Given the variety and complexity of these laws and regulations, renters whose rights have been violated are frequently unaware of the various remedies at their disposal.
Contact us online or call (415) 915-7445 for a free case evaluation with Tenant Law Group, PC. Languages spoken include Spanish, Italian, Armenian, French, Dutch, and Portuguese.
How Can San Francisco Lease Agreement Lawyers Help?
If you believe that your rent was illegally increased, that you were displaced from a rent-controlled apartment without legal justification or harassed by your landlord, or that your rights as a renter were otherwise violated, we are here to help.
Tenant Law Group handles the following types of cases:
- Failure to repair
- Wrongful eviction
- Recovering money
- Rent board hearings
- Landlord harassment
- Tenant rights counseling
- Fair Employment and Housing Act Violations
Recovering Money in Landlord Disputes
Under certain circumstances, tenants may be entitled to damages for one or more of the following:
- Loss of use of a rent-controlled unit,
- Partial or full refund of rent paid,
- Mandatory relocation payments,
- Out-of-pocket (e.g., moving or medical) expenses,
- Damaged and/or destroyed property (e.g., due to water damage),
- Lost wages,
- Bodily injury, and
- Mental and emotional injury (e.g., anxiety, depression, and fear).
Disputes where money damages are recoverable include displacement from an eviction-controlled apartment without good cause (also known as an illegal, wrongful, and/or constructive eviction), severe landlord harassment, failure to remediate uninhabitable conditions such as pest or rodent infestations, and other situations involving egregious or bad-faith landlord conduct. All California tenants are entitled to safe, healthy, habitable, and peaceful living environments free from harassment, and many Bay Area tenants are entitled to the benefits of rent control and eviction control. If your tenancy has involved one or more of these scenarios, you may be able to recover money damages with a lease agreement lawyer
Tenant Rights Counseling
Whether you have an active dispute with your landlord or simply wish to better understand your rights, we are here for you. We offer three types of attorney consultations:
Silver Attorney Consultation (30 Minutes + Video-conference + Tenant Rights
Attorney): $195.00. |FAQs
This is a limited engagement with Tenant Law Group during which a tenant rights attorney will analyze your legal matter and provide you with a summary of your rights, detailed legal analysis, and a recommended action plan. A Silver Attorney Consultation consists of attorney review of your materials and a thirty-minute consultation via telephone or videoconference. While a Silver Attorney Consultation does not include any written attorney work product, a written analysis of your matter, which includes a factual background, legal analysis (including links to applicable laws), action items, and resources is available to clients who retain Tenant Law Group for a Platinum Attorney Consultation.
Gold Attorney Consultation (60 Minutes + Videoconference + Tenant Rights
Attorney): $285.00. |
This is a limited engagement with Tenant Law Group during which a tenant rights attorney will analyze your legal matter, discuss your rights, and recommend an action plan. A Gold Attorney Consultation consists of attorney review of your materials and a one-hour consultation via telephone or videoconference. While a Gold Attorney Consultation does not include any written attorney work product, a written analysis of your matter, which includes a factual background, legal analysis (including links to applicable laws), action items, and resources is available to clients who retain Tenant Law Group for a Platinum Attorney Consultation.
Platinum Attorney Consultation (60 Minutes + Videoconference + Tenant Rights
Attorney + Written Case Evaluation & Action Items): $375.00. |
This is a limited engagement with Tenant Law Group during which a tenant rights attorney will analyze your legal matter and provide you with a summary of your rights, detailed legal analysis, and a recommended action plan. A Platinum Attorney Consultation consists of attorney review of your materials; a one-hour consultation via telephone or videoconference; and a written case evaluation, which includes a factual background, legal analysis (including links to applicable laws), action items, and resources. While our attorneys can “ghost-write” brief correspondence on your behalf, a Platinum Attorney Consultation does not include any direct correspondence from Tenant Law Group on your behalf to a third party.
After the expiration of a notice to quit or a notice of termination of tenancy, a landlord may file an unlawful detainer (eviction) lawsuit to recover possession of rental unit. Unscrupulous landlords who are hoping to get rid of tenants paying low rent in rent-controlled jurisdictions may file frivolous or meritless unlawful detainer lawsuits in the hope that tenants will give up without a fight and move out because they cannot afford legal counsel. If your landlord has filed an unlawful detainer lawsuit against you, contact a tenant rights attorney immediately, as the deadline for a tenant response is very short. Although Tenant Law Group does not currently represent tenants in unlawful detainer lawsuits, Tenant Law Group does routinely advise clients representing themselves regarding legal strategy and can also refer tenants to tenant rights organizations throughout California (such as the Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco) that do represent tenants in unlawful detainer lawsuits.
Rent Board Hearings
In jurisdictions such as San Francisco, local rent boards render decisions involving landlord petitions for rent increases, substantial rehabilitation exemptions, extensions of time to complete capital improvement work, and tenant occupancy status; and tenant petitions for substantial decrease in housing services, failure to repair and maintain, unlawful rent increase or request for determination of lawful rent, improper passthroughs, failure to discontinue a capital improvement passthrough, proportional rent claim by a subtenant against a master tenant, unlawful initial rent claim by a subtenant, and alleged wrongful evictions.
Among the most common rent board hearings are attempts by landlords to raise rents above the amount permitted under that rent board’s annual rent increase. Showing up to a rent board hearing without legal representation puts a tenant at a significant disadvantage and increases the odds of a landlord prevailing. Our team represents renters throughout the Bay Area at all types of rent board hearings. A final note: Regardless of the outcome of a rent board hearing, you may still be able to pursue other legal remedies against your landlord because rent board hearings are not part of the judicial system.