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Landlord-Tenant Dispute Lawyers in San Francisco

Advocating for You in a Landlord-Tenant Dispute

Tenants and landlords have an obligation to adhere to each other’s rights and meet their share of responsibilities. When disagreements over the fulfillment of those terms cannot be privately resolved, legal action can be pursued to settle the matter. Since landlord-tenant disputes tend to involve individual or family homes, stakes and passions can be high.

Losing a dispute as a tenant could mean eviction and the loss of your home, while a loss for a landlord could represent a substantial hit on your income or investment. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, understanding your rights and retaining experienced legal representation can help make a significant difference in coming out ahead in a dispute. The Law Offices of Shamieh, Shamieh & Ternieden has more than 3 decades of legal experience and can give you the compassionate, individualized attention your case deserves.

Hiring strong legal representation could be the difference in determining the outcome of your landlord-tenant dispute. Dial (415) 300-2144 or contact us online to request a consultation.

Types of Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Disputes between landlords and tenants can cover a wide range of issues. Our attorneys can help advocate for you, either as a tenant or landlord, in most case types, including the following:

  • Evictions, just cause, and relocation fees – evictions can be a protracted process, with landlords needing to take meticulous steps to legally remove a tenant
  • Habitability and repairs – landlords are required to conduct timely repairs and maintain the property’s infrastructure, including electrical lighting, heating, and plumbing. Tenants must also do their part to keep the property in a state of habitability
  • Improper entry, harassment, and lockouts – there are specific rules governing when and how landlords can enter a tenant’s residence or lock them out
  • Rent control – in San Francisco, many rental units have restrictions as to what extent landlords can raise rent annually
  • Rent increases, capital improvements, and banking – annual rent increases are common, but there are other mechanisms landlords can use to pass investment in a property on to tenants, each with their own rules
  • Tenancy of roommates, subletting, and short-term rentals – San Francisco tenancy law is a complex beast, with different rights assigned to different classes of occupancy. There are also specific rules and obligations of tenants when engaging in short-term rentals (such as properties listed on sites like Airbnb)
  • Security deposits – there are regulations both tenants and landlords must follow when making and returning security deposits
  • Foreclosure or changes in property ownership – while new owners cannot unilaterally change terms of existing tenant agreements, there are measures landlords can take in managing tenants of a newly acquired property, including the Ellis Act

Navigating a landlord-tenant dispute often involves having a comprehensive knowledge of local statutes as well as meeting strict deadlines and paperwork filing requirements. Our San Francisco lawyers boast an intimate knowledge of the state and city’s housing laws and are ready to apply that understanding to your case.

Let Us Work for You

Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, we at the Law Offices of Shamieh, Shamieh & Ternieden are prepared to see how we can help you find a successful resolution in your landlord-tenant dispute. Our goal is to find you the most financially efficient solution possible, including helping you avoid a costly court battle where possible.

Do not wait to get help with your situation. Call (415) 300-2144 or contact us online to get started today. We offer our legal services in English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Cantonese, and Arabic.

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