Tobener Ravenscroft LLP is the leading tenant rights law firm in California and has been in business for twenty years. With offices in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Los Angeles, the firm focuses on wrongful evictions, intractable repair issues, landlord harassment, tenant discrimination, landlord sexual harassment, and landlord-caused injuries.
The law firm has recovered more than $50 million on behalf of tenants. They have helped more than 20,000 tenants and have a 99% success rate. The firm has won two law firm of the year awards in California and has been featured in California Lawyer, UC Hastings Magazine, and the Daily Journal. Its lawyers are routinely quoted in leading publications, such as the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, Wired, the Business Times, and Reuters. Both partners and four associates are Super Lawyers, an honor reserved for the top lawyers in California.
The firm is dedicated to community activism and sponsors all its tenant lawyers to volunteer weekly at tenant law nonprofits, equaling nearly 500 community hours each year. The firm’s attorneys are often asked to present at law schools, trial lawyer associates, and industry groups, and the firm’s partners teach a regular course at San Francisco State University on landlord-tenant law.
The firm puts on several continuing education programs each year to educate other attorneys on how to best represent tenants through litigation. They routinely propose and draft legislation at the local and state level to enhance legal protections for tenants. The firm’s lawyers volunteer many hours each year to support the legal needs of local housing and homelessness nonprofits. In 2021, the firm won the Aids Legal Referral Panel law firm of the year for its commitment to the community.
"Jackie took over my case, and she was a pleasure to work with. I felt like I could completely trust her throughout the process and know that she would promote my best interests and give me sound advice. She was always honest with me about what was going on and what to expect. I felt confident with her by my side and the case did end in a favorable way for me. I would recommend them to any tenant who is having serious legal issues with a landlord (such as low-income unit violations and/or wrongful evictions). "
"I was very impressed with Tobener Ravenscroft's depth of knowledge as well as their creativity in problem solving. This is not to say that I'm actively looking forward to another issue requiring the help of an SF tenant lawyer - only that Tobener Ravenscroft is a fantastic teammate if one is dealing with the "Hunger Games" vibe of the Bay Housing landscape these days."
"Shortly after moving into a new place we had an encounter with our landlord which resulted in us needing to break our lease immediately for our safety. We knew we needed find a tenant lawyer and our choice of Tobener Ravenscroft was the best decision we made. Ms. Ravenscroft, was top notch and did not hesitate in helping us get clear of a bad situation fast. These guys are the best, I could not imagine working with any other tenant lawyers."
"Joe and everyone at Tobener Ravenscroft Law were wonderful and helped me and my roommates get back owed rent from our landlord that wrongfully evicted us. They made the process as easy as it could be and helpful through the process."
"I've been working with Jacqueline Ravenscroft and it has been as good an experience as I can possibly imagine. Smart, caring, efficient, generous, sharp as a tack! In the midst of my landlord threatening me with various evictions scenarios and finally filing one of them, I have felt very panicky and freaked out - the only thing that calms me down is knowing that I have the BEST tenant lawyer possible and am totally covered legally with a badass attorney I know I can count on, who knows her stuff and has my back. HUGELY IMPORTANT STUFF."
"I have been a lawyer for 24 years (mostly as a partner at fancy pants international firms), and Joe is one of the best lawyers I have come across. He did an amazing job for me and my family. Despite being a lawyer, I don't like conflict and litigation/mediation, but Joe did a great job of nicely shepherding us through the process to a good outcome. Simply put, he is amazing."
"Tobener Ravenscroft represented my family through a Wrongful Eviction lawsuit. I could not possibly recommend them more highly. Jackie, Joe and Christa were all communicative, thorough, skilled, compassionate, professional and reliable. We knew we were in good hands throughout the process and that really helped to reduce the stress of being wrongfully evicted. Because they know tenant law here in Oakland, they were able to negotiate a meaningful settlement for us. Were I to encounter any sort of tenant/landlord issue again, I would go straight to Tobener Ravenscroft. I highly recommend them."
"Our family was wrongfully evicted by an illegal OMI immediately after our youngest daughter was born and just as the Oakland housing market was skyrocketing. The attorneys at Tobener Ravenscroft are an example of lawyers as justice warriors! They were empathetic, thorough, and professional through the entire process. They were always responsive and took time to explain the process, answer questions, and prepare us for the deposition and settlement conference. They were extremely savvy and successful in getting us a large settlement that significantly exceeded what we ever imagined we could get! We are deeply appreciative of their support during this difficult time and give them our highest recommendation!"
You have a fundamental right to live peacefully in your home. We protect tenants from landlord harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment, and breaches of quiet enjoyment.
Our tenant lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of renters who have been harassed out of their rent-controlled homes.
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Nobody should be allowed to take away someone’s home. We prosecute landlords who wrongfully evicted tenants without just cause or under false pretenses.
Our tenant lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of tenants who were wrongfully evicted in violation of rent control ordinances.
Read our guide to determine whether you have been wrongfully evicted ›
You have the right to a safe and habitable home. It might be their property, but it’s your home. We force owners and property managers to repair.
Our team of tenant lawyers has fought aggressively to recover money damages and make homes safe.
Find out how to fight back if you live with or have been injured by substandard conditions ›
Taking legal action against a perpetrator can be a scary and complicated process. If you or someone you know has been the target of sexual misconduct or inappropriate statements by a landlord, or requests for sexual acts in lieu of rent, call Tobener Ravenscroft LLP to speak to a tenant rights attorney.
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The City of Mountain View Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (“Mountain View Rent Control Ordinance”), which went into effect December 23, 2016, limits the amount a tenant’s rent can be increased annually and prohibits evictions unless there is a just-cause reason.
Learn more about Mountain View rent control ›