The lawyers of Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners, P.C. regularly handle hundreds of landlord-tenant disputes a year, most involving rent control and eviction issues. We have more than 30 years of experience in landlord-tenant law in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Just Cause Evictions
There are 16 reasons for which a landlord can lawfully evict a tenant in San Francisco; seven relate to the behavior of the tenant and nine are landlord prerogatives. A tenant's bad behavior can be used to terminate a tenancy even when a one-year lease is in effect.
The owner bears the burden of proof that the tenant's behavior is cause for an eviction. At Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners, P.C. we assist landlords in establishing nonpayment of rent (usually a straightforward action), nuisance, violation of short-term rental provisions, or criminal activity. We also provide advice and representation regarding evictions under the Ellis Act.
Claims of breach of lease covenants must be based on serious violations. Unapproved subletting, having too many roommates, and harboring pets are common actionable causes, but they can be complicated. Even rental agreements that are not in writing may have obligations besides payment of rent.
When a just cause action is not available, a lease buyout is a legitimate option. As experienced mediators and negotiators, our real estate lawyers can assist in lease buyout negotiations between landlords and tenants.
Resolution Of Conflicts
At Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners, P.C. we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients in an economical manner. The vast majority of cases do NOT go to trial. The two sides eventually reach an agreement and settle, perhaps with a lease buyout. Knowing this, we critically analyze our client's situation to see if we can help him or her find an agreement earlier, rather than later, saving an enormous amount of time and money.
Creative solutions to complicated scenarios are our strong suit. When a landlord gets sued, our attorneys are often able to get the owner's insurance company to provide a defense or to help settle the case. This potentially frees our client from the cost of the litigation, which can be very high.
Free Consultation — Contact An Attorney
Our attorneys offer a variety of conflict resolution methods including mediation, negotiation, and litigation. Contact a San Francisco landlord-tenant attorney at Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners, P.C. for a free initial consultation.