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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.)

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(415) 552-9060

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.

Locked Out Of The Laundry Room
Do tenants have a right to use the building's community laundry room during posted hours?
Why Won’t My Landlord Discuss My New Lease With Me?
You make your landlord uncomfortable. He knows, at least subconsciously, that he did nothing to deserve the rent increase he's requesting.
Can I Be Evicted For Subletting Without Permission?
San Francisco is expensive and many landlords these days want to cash in on the new Twitter/tech boom. One of the easiest ways to remove rent-controlled tenants is to sue them for illegal subletting.
Why On Earth Would I Have To Pay My Building A $200 Move-Out Fee?
Unfortunately anyone who proposes a "move-out fee" with a straight face won't have a sense of humor. There's no way you can make him laugh and, like the Toon Patrol weasels, make him fly away and disappear.
Can Our Landlord Kick Us Out When Our Roommate Moves?
Remember, because you live in a house, a single-family dwelling, you are only protected by the "just cause" provisions of the Rent Ordinance, not the price controls. The landlord can increase the rent as much he wants to.
Can My Landlord Make Me Pay To Replace The Carpet?
Normal wear and tear to carpets, drapes and other furnishings cannot be charged against a tenant's security deposit. (Civil Code Section 1950.5(e).)
Living In A Chain Reaction Of Broken Promises
World history is a chain reaction of broken promises. You gotta own up and take responsibility.
Surprise! You’re Not Getting Your Deposit Back!
I moved out of my apartment a year ago. My landlord's representative did a walkthrough and said everything was ok. They sent me a letter after I moved saying I owed them money. So, is it too late to get my security deposit back?
Pigeon Poop Problems
The problem is that the windows and building are filthy grimy and covered with pigeon poop on the outside. If I open the window the soot all blows into our apartment and I don't even want to know what diseases could come from the poop.
Why An Absentee Master Tenant Is A Bad Idea
SF Tenant: It's always a bad idea to rent a room in an apartment with an absentee master tenant. Too many things can go wrong.
Tenant in San Francisco: What’s Wrong with Working in a Bookstore?
If you are a tenant, there is nothing wrong with working in a bookstore, as long as you are working in three of them.
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.
SF Appeal Tenant Troubles: Rents Are Dropping, Can I Renegotiate?
How should I negotiate? Write a letter now or wait until lease renewal on 3-1-10, when it goes month to month? I love the building and I am a great tenant. Help!
Do I Have To Subsidize My Landlord’s Improvements On Another Building?
Common courtesy should dictate that the landlord inform you, in advance, that the repairs were going to commence
My Landlord’s Threatening To Evict Me Because My Boyfriend Moved In To Take Care of Me
To paraphrase David Mamet, the landlord business is a people business. It's a fucking people business.
We’re Basically Paying Our Master Tenant’s Rent. That’s Wrong, Right?
This is what you get when you don't truly understand that rent is simply an outrageous tax you pay to a lord to live on his land--a tax, nothing more, that subsidizes a lazy, unproductive aristocracy.
Do I Risk Losing My Apartment If I Take An Out Of Town Temporary Job?
Given the facts as you relate them, you shouldn't have any problem "moving" to Los Angeles to accept a temporary contract job.
Can I Break My Lease Due To My Insane Landlord And High Cats?
Is there a legal way to break our lease quickly? The landlord doesn't know we're leaving yet and I know if he thinks I wrote this letter he will find a way to hurt me. Seriously.
Is The Rule Of Seven Really A Thing?
A Rule of Seven, if it existed, would be a stupid, vindictive and financially unsound practice that could only be justified by ignorant superstition, evidence that some landlords have SPOOKS in their brains.
Time To Get Medieval?
A three-month old baby in Louisiana died in her home from blood loss due to rat bites. The landlord spent FEMA money earmarked to repair the house on something else.
My Master Tenant’s Fallen In Love, Am I Screwed?
Welcome to Rentpocalypse 2012! Have a seat, but don't stay too long.
Is My Rent Being Raised In Retaliation For My Repair Complaints (And Is That Legal?)
The lease says condo, but the Exhibit B says it's not...yet. So are we included in the rent control ordinance as a condo unit, owned by the building subdivider?
Is My Landlord Lying To Tenants And Claiming They Don’t Have Rent Control?
Your relationship with your landlord will change if you complain. The next time you see him he will have donned his crown, his tights and his cod piece.
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
It is rarely justifiable for a tenant to campaign for the eviction of another tenant.