Sampling of Case Results on Behalf of Our Clients
$250,000 recovered for an elderly and disabled tenant in Oakland who was wrongfully evicted from his unit by a real estate investment company. The investment company bought a three-unit property at foreclosure and evicted the prior owner residing in the front unit but failed to investigate the property for other tenants. The investment company then directed the Sheriff to lock out the elderly tenant and dispose of his personal property.
$392,500 recovered for a single tenant in a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco who was forced to vacate their longtime home pursuant to a trumped-up owner-move-in eviction where landlord never lived in the unit as their principal place of residence and instead used the subject unit as a pied-a-terre.
$262,500 recovered on behalf of a single tenant was living in a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco. His landlord began construction work without proper permits. Contractors repeatedly entered the tenant’s unit without written notice. The contractors removed all the drywall from an interior wall, leaving large holes that exposed the room to the outside. An interior support structure crashed down in the living room. The construction, which was supposed to take a couple of weeks, went on for months, rendering the apartment completely uninhabitable and forcing the tenant to vacate.
$212,500 awarded to Berkeley tenant wrongfully evicted so her landlord could remodel her unit to re-rent it for thousands of dollars more. Although the landlord provided a just cause to vacate by telling the tenant substantial repairs were necessary in her unit, he stalled on making repairs for nearly two years. During this time, the tenant bounced between temporary housing options, never able to commit to a long-term lease in the hopes that her landlord would offer her the unit back as required under the law. Eventually, the landlord stopped answering the tenant’s calls, and the tenant sued for wrongful eviction.
$700,000 recovered for a single San Francisco tenant who was wrongfully evicted from her rent-controlled unit after the owners threatened her with eviction for complaining about the property manager’s multi-year campaign of sexual harassment and failure to address habitability defects. The tenant was forced to move out of her home of eleven years.
$260,000 recovered in action brought against landlords for wrongfully evicting a single tenant from a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco pursuant to an owner-move-in eviction. The owners continued living in a house they owned down the street until the lawsuit was filed.
$305,000 recovered for a single tenant who lived in a rent-controlled unit in Oakland for ten years before a new owner bought the property and immediately served the tenant with a bad faith owner-move-in eviction notice. The landlord never moved in, and instead re-rented the unit for three times as much rent. The tenant was forced to live in a travel trailer for several months.
$200,000 recovered on behalf of a family who endured deplorable conditions in their single-family home in Oakland. The family lived without heat for six months, with a massive cockroach infestation, multiple leaky ceilings, dysfunctional outlets, a broken refrigerator, multiple raw sewage floods, multiple water leaks, and a severe surface contaminant problem.
$400,000 recovered in action brought against a landlord in San Francisco who failed to make repairs and abate several Notices of Violation issued by the City. Instead, the landlord harassed the tenants in attempts to force them to leave the rent-controlled unit they occupied for three decades. As a result of the landlord’s failure to repair, one of the tenants fell and suffered serious personal injuries requiring hospitalization.
$384,905 recovered in action brought against landlord and property managers who failed to maintain a San Joaquin County mobile home park in habitable condition. Seven park residents suffered with third-world conditions for years as the landlords failed to remedy numerous violations issued by the State. Habitability and security issues included squatters living in tents and abandoned vehicles, heaps of trash and debris throughout the park, vandalized electrical and gas facilities, sewage leaks, and lack of natural gas for eight months, which left some of the tenants without hot water, stoves, or heat.
Defense Verdict on behalf of a twenty-year San Francisco tenant who was being evicted by a landlord under a nuisance theory. After a five-day trial, the jury returned a 11 to 1 verdict in our favor.
$1.2 million plus recovered in action brought against landlord who failed to maintain Sonoma County mobile home park in habitable condition. Fifty park residents suffered with black, oily water for more than twenty years. The landlord could have attached to City water for a nominal cost, but refused to do it. Other habitability issues included park flooding, sewage leaks, broken fences, open ditches, and rats. Instead of making requested repairs the landlord blamed and harassed the tenants.
$225,000 recovered in action brought against landlord who failed to maintain an SRO building in San Francisco where individual rooms were rented out with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. The five plaintiffs suffered from collapsed ceilings, no heat, mice, bedbugs, filthy common area bathrooms and kitchen, and an unsecured building that led to frequent trespassing by homeless persons and drug-addicts.
$425,000 recovered in action brought against landlord who failed to offer a rent-controlled unit back to tenants after post-fire repairs were completed. Instead of complying with the San Francisco Rent Ordinance and allowing the long-term tenants to return to the property, the landlords re-rented the unit to a third-party for thousands more per month.
$315,000 recovered on behalf of a single tenant who was forced out of his rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco when the landlord posted dozens of notes illegally demanding he move out in response to his complaints about lack of heat and unlawful rent increases.
$500,000 recovered in action brought against landlord who failed to maintain a two-unit building in Fremont in Alameda County. The three tenants had sewage overflows, yellow water, termites, rats, and no heat.
$200,000 recovered for single tenant in San Francisco who was evicted pursuant to a relative move-in eviction when the relative never moved in.
$250,000 plus recovered in action brought against landlord who wrongfully evicted a family from a rent-controlled unit in San Francisco.