SAN FRANCISCO – Two former tenants of a San Francisco property allege they were wrongfully evicted because of their complaints about habitability concerns.
Peter Stickney and Jose Torres filed a complaint on Nov. 13 in the San Francisco Superior Court against Charles W. Porter and Kyra Porter, individually and as Trustees of the Porter Family Living Trust, alleging violation of San Francisco rent ordinances.
According to the complaint, Stickney moved into the defendant's 24th Avenue, San Francisco property in 1991 and in 2010, Torres moved in. The plaintiffs allege they began complaining to the defendants in 2012 regarding roof and skylight leaks, plumbing and weatherproofing issues. The suit states in March 2016, the plaintiffs were told they needed to vacate the property by May as Porter planned to use it as his residence.
The plaintiffs allege that Porter did not move into the property and that it has been left vacant to increase its value if it was ever listed for sale.
The plaintiffs allege the defendants wrongfully evicted them as retribution for their habitability complaints.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for general, special and statutory damages; attorney's fees; costs of suit; interest; and such other further relief as the court deems just and proper. They are represented by Jason N. Wolford and Daniel W. Wayne of Wolford Wayne LLP in San Francisco.
San Francisco Superior Court case number CGC18571261