Strong Defense Against Unlawful Detainer

The Law Offices of James Coy Driscoll represents tenants threatened with eviction in the Bay Area. We use the power of the law to protect the rights and homes of our clients.

If your landlord is trying to evict you, call us at (415) 523-5591. We will fight to protect your home.

Challenging Your Landlord's Actions

An eviction lawsuit is called an unlawful detainer. California law spells out when and how a landlord can undertake an unlawful detainer action. While some landlords adhere to the provisions of the law, others do not. Even when a landlord is generally following the statutes, there may be a fatal flaw in the landlord's action.

Our firm has succeeded in numerous unlawful detainer actions. We understand how to successfully challenge eviction proceedings, and we will do everything possible to help you stay in your home. Depending on your case, there may be multiple ways to defend an unlawful detainer action. We will look at every aspect of your situation and build a strong and persuasive case to stop the eviction process.

Start Your Defense As Soon As Possible

The legal eviction process is complicated. Along the way there are many possibilities for negotiations and ways to make the law work in your favor. As in other legal proceedings, the sooner we get started on your case the better. If you have been served with an unlawful detainer summons and complaint, you have only five calendar days to respond. Failure to respond within the time limit will lead to the sheriff putting you on the street about five days later, unless you take immediate legal action.

Attorney James Coy Driscoll will respond quickly and forcefully. In some cases, we may be able to stop the eviction proceeding by merely informing the landlord why the unlawful detainer notice is defective. In other cases, we will have to comprehensively assert your legal rights, which will in turn give us time to fully investigate your situation, and build your case.

Even if you have been served with an eviction notice, it is not too late. We can seek a stay and may be able to prevent you from being evicted.

What Protections Does The Law Allow For You?

While nonpayment of rent is a common cause of an unlawful detainer, the landlord may also want to evict you in order to rent the apartment at a higher rate or create a condominium. In these cases, the law places specific restrictions on how a landlord can proceed. We may be able to use the law to protect your home.

Taking Action

For a consultation with a lawyer at the Law Offices of James Coy Driscoll, call (415) 523-5591 or contact our tenants' rights attorney online. The initial telephone consultation is free of charge. We serve clients in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and throughout the Bay Area.