A landlord's duty to a tenant is enforceable not only by the virtue of the rental contract, but also by statute and appellate decisions on cases that have come before. A landlord provides a tenant with both a product (the dwelling) and a service (basic health and safety rights). Tenants do not have to suffer indignities such as unhealthy living situations or harassment from their landlord.
If you have been served with a notice terminating your tenancy, have a lawyer look at it quickly. Some notices are only 3 days, some are 30 and some are 60 - and if the landlord does not give you the correct notice, it is invalid, if you assert your rights.
In addition, if your unit is covered under the San Francisco or Oakland/Berkeley Rent Ordinances, you have additional rights that can save your home. Some statutes even require that the landlord pays your lawyer fees.
If you are served with an eviction lawsuit (Unlawful Detainer) you must file your response within five days, or you may lose by default. Act quickly, do not delay!
We have defended evictions for over 20 years for cases such as nuisance, failure to pay rent, owner move-in, substantial rehabilitation, etc. We have successfully sued landlords and represented them at the San Francisco Rent Board to enforce tenant rights, for such violations as harassment, failure to repair, mold, lack of heat, rodents, unsafe conditions, illegal units, etc.
We will help you to assert your housing rights.