San Francisco Tenant Lawyers

Welcome to the online law office of Crow & Rose.

Dave Crow and Solvejg Rose are uniquely prepared, experienced tenant rights lawyers. We are advocates for our clients on the full range of legal issues facing tenants, consumers and others in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tenant Law

We are best known for an aggressive tenant rights law practice — which focuses solely on the representation of tenants — the Crow & Rose law firm has years of experience defending unlawful detainer (eviction) actions.

We will represent you when you sue your landlord for breach of the warranty of habitability, harassment and owner-move-in (OMI) wrongful eviction. We help tenants negotiate tenant buyouts with their landlords, but only after a complete analysis of applicable landlord tenant law and discussion of a tenant’s options.

The firm’s practice also includes tenant representation in mediation and arbitration at the Rent Board. If you are a tenant and have a problem with your landlord, need eviction help, want to sue, or just want to stand up for your tenants rights call us. Crow & Rose represents commercial tenants.

We will not represent a landlord seeking to evict a tenant, nor will we represent a master tenant evicting roommates.

Personal Injury

We aggressively represent personal injury plaintiffs. If you have been injured, you deserve full recovery. We often work with medical professionals who provide holistic and alternative, less traditional treatment.

Civil Litigation

We are dedicated to providing creative and cost-effective representation to help our clients successfully resolve litigation and other legal disputes. Crow & Rose offers experience in a broad range of civil litigation matters, including business litigation, real estate litigation, and alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration.

Crow & Rose also offers comprehensive legal services including creative problem solving, counseling, advocacy, and successful appellate work. If you need to appeal a decision, call us for a free consultation.

Offices conveniently located in downtown San Francisco at the Montgomery MUNI/BART station. Contact Dave Crow or Solvejg Rose at (415) 552-9060 or complete the form on our Contact the Tenant Lawyers page.

We accept credit cards—Visa, MasterCard and Discover. (3% additional charge for all credit card payments.)

Tenant Attorneys

Dave Crow

dave.newDave Crow combines broad life experience and deep personal commitment as a tenant advocate and homeless services attorney that make him uniquely qualified to resolve a wide range of legal issues.

Dave earned his Juris Doctor from New College of California Public Interest School of Law in San Francisco.

Employed at the Homeless Advocacy Project of the Bar Association of San Francisco from 1997 until 2002, his last two years there were spent as a National Association for Public Interest Law (Equal Justice Works) fellow.

Mr. Crow’s award-winning advocacy included work on the myriad of complex legal issues facing traditionally under-represented tenants, including those from the homeless, at-risk and disabled communities.

He established the firm in 2002, specializing in representing Bay Area tenants. Solvejg Rose joined him as a partner in 2005, adding several new facets to the firm. Dave Crow’s private legal practice emphasizes eviction defense, wrongful eviction and other landlord tenant and real property matters, with additional representation of personal injury plaintiffs.

Dave currently serves as a tenant commissioner on the San Francisco Rent Board.

Solvejg Rose (Of Counsel)

solvejg.newSolvejg Rose’s unique legal background spans the full panoply of legal practice and research—from criminal courts to civil courts; from private sector to public sector; from Europe to the United States.

An attorney still qualified to practice law in Germany, Ms. Rose was admitted to the California Bar Association in 2004.

In Germany, she attended the University of Goettingen Law School and received her graduate degree from the University of Leipzig. She also studied Swedish law and international trade law at the University of Stockholm.

After graduating, Ms. Rose served in the Law Clerk Program for the Free State of Saxony. She wrote judicial decisions, drafted municipal statutes, and worked closely with several judges to craft decisions.

Ms. Rose’s legal counsel to tenants and other clients was honed during her four years at the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Homeless Advocacy Project, where she represented and provided legal counsel to clients in a wide variety of legal matters, including SSI/SSDI disability benefits, landlord tenant law, and unemployment insurance benefits. Ms. Rose has successfully represented tenants in Rent Board hearings and at trial.

Ms. Rose is an accomplished litigator. She has also written numerous wills, living trusts and is currently representing plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits.

My Landlord Won’t Let My Boyfriend Move In
our landlord may not be required to give you permission to let your boyfriend move in.
Is There A “What Lies Can We Get Away With This Month?” Group For Landlords?
If landlords know they can lie to their tenants and the court about retaining a security deposit and only get a slap on the wrist, why wouldn't they lie?
Losing Your Security Deposit For Subletting?
The fact that the tenant was, arguably, an illegal subletter has absolutely nothing to do with the refund of his security deposit
Why You Should Not Sublet To Texans
Texans are a ruthless, barbaric people whose dubious contributions to American culture and society include bull riding (see bovine fornication)...
Do I Still Need To Worry About Getting My Deposit From Citiapartments?
When Urban Pioneer refuses your request to apply your security deposit to the rent, remind them that you will sue them for the any money they keep.
Does My Illegal In-Law Make My Single Family House Into A Rent-Controlled Building?
You have stepped into the landlord's shoes. You rent the unit independently and you have assumed many of the risks. Why do you wanna be a !$&#@!$ landlord anyway?
Landlord Consent, Roommates, Red Herrings, Three Dog Night
It doesn’t make sense to give the landlord a say in picking your roommate. The original tenant or tenants are still responsible for paying the rent.
There’s A Mouse In My (Boarding) House
If you think that living with roommates is a pain in the ass, try living in a boarding house.
My Landlord Wants Me To Move Out So He Can Sell My Apartment
I received a call today from the investment partner that they intended to sell both the units and would offer me first and last months rent to help me move out.
Can My New Landlord “Bank” My Rent Increases From Before She Owned My Home?
The San Francisco Rent Board has always been careful to consider the question of return on investment when establishing guidelines to deal with rent increases.
Do I Have To Keep Using The Crappy Furniture That Came With My Apartment?
Read the lease as broadly as possible to see if any language applied to removing the furniture could be used to evict you for breach of contract.
Do I Seriously Have To Hang A “Do Not Flush Tampons” Sign In My Bathroom?
There isn't a law anywhere that allows a landlord to require a "Do Not Flush Tampons" sign in a residential dwelling.
Are Broken Elevators Against The Law?
The elevator at my building has been out of order for more than a month, and we have no indication that repairs will take place anytime soon. This situation has made life miserable for people on the upper floors, who must lug laundry and groceries up to six flights.
Ant Infestation
At the beginning of the cold snap, the ants were gone. My stomach sank. I knew they were in the house. A few days later they made their ingress at the base of our food pantry, and there were suddenly hundreds of ants swarming on those food shelves, and over to more food shelves on the other side of the house.
What Are My Rights If My Building’s Not Rent Controlled?
If candidates for mayor or any other office say they don't want to extend the just cause eviction provisions of the Rent Ordinance to buildings built after 1979, tell them to fuck off.
Need a New Roommate? Father Knows Best
Why do you need the landlord’s consent? Because it says so in the lease and you will be in breach of the lease if you don’t get his consent.
How Do I Get My Former Landlord’s Dead Hand Off Me?
This is a silly example of a landlord exerting dead hand control.
My Landlord Wants To Jack Up My Rent Because I’m Getting A New Roommate
My housemate is moving. I want to have another friend move in. I told my landlords and they said that they would be raising the rent from $1700 to $2250. Allowed under San Francisco ordinance?
Sue For Security Deposit Or SOL?
The landlord refused to return my deposit on the many occasions that I demanded it, with no explanation. I have even attempted to contact the main management company with no luck.
Can I Get Away With Putting My Apartment On Airbnb Without Informing My Landlord?
If your lease requires the landlord's written permission to sublet, get the landlord's written permission and have at it.
How Do I Get My Landlord To Allow Me To Get A Dog?
SF Tenant: How Do I Get My Landlord To Allow Me To Get A Dog?
My Landlord Is Selling The House I Live In, Do I Have To Move Out?
Selling the house devoid of tenants is ideal for for staging and marketing it for maximum profit.
Happy New Year, For Tenants Nothing’s Changed!
Unfortunately, 2009 proved for many big-city tenants that the golden rule was promiscuously traded for gold. Why would 2010 be any different?
My Living Room Is Covered In Lead Paint Dust
The Environmental Protection Agency has very stringent requirements for renovation projects that could be contaminated with lead.