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Know Your Rights: Protect Yourself from Wrongful Eviction

September 8, 2021 Guides & Reports

Author

Tiffany L. Hickey

Tiffany L. Hickey

Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Program

Tiffany L. Hickey

Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Program

Tiffany Hickey is a staff attorney with the Housing Rights program at Advancing Justice–Asian Law Caucus. Tiffany joined ALC amid the COVID-19 pandemic, advocating for tenants’ rights and stronger protections against further displacement of the most vulnerable members of the community.

Prior to joining ALC, Tiffany represented subsidized housing tenants and SSI/SSDI claimants at Bay Area Legal Aid. She was actively involved in housing policy advocacy at local, state, and federal levels. Additionally she coordinated the law clerk program – creating training programs and supporting the supervision of law students in all practice areas.

Tiffany has been a passionate advocate for social justice before and during her legal career. She graduated from the University Of San Francisco School Of Law in 2013 and the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action at Saint Mary’s College of California awarded her the Engaged SMC Alumnus Award in 2015. During law school, Tiffany advocated for the rights of children in detention through a position with UNICEF in the Kingdom of Cambodia and acted as Executive Editor of a social justice law journal.

With at least 758,000 California households behind on rent, we’ve been hearing from community members throughout San Francisco facing harassment from landlords. Landlord corporations have a lot to gain from pushing out long standing tenants in rent-controlled apartments to raise rents. Meanwhile, tenants have the most to lose - not only their homes, but their ties to a multilingual, culturally rich, and supportive community.

Our clients are mostly elderly tenants and tenants with limited English proficiency--they are among the most vulnerable to unjust lease negotiations, landlord harassment, and illegal eviction. With few options and limited resources for relocation, displacement often means homelessness or moving miles and miles away from the community they depend on for support.

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been helping San Francisco residents with communicating and providing written notices to their landlords when they cannot afford rent due to lost wages and jobs. In the past several months, we’ve also seen landlords use new tactics to evade local and state eviction bans and still move people out of their homes. More than ever, tenants need accurate, timely, and trustworthy information - in the languages they speak and read - to understand their rights.

Our team is regularly putting together new tools and resources to help our clients know their rights and stay in their homes. We also share those materials with partners across the city and region to ensure as many people as possible get the help they need.

We know threats facing tenants, especially tenants who may not speak or read English, elderly tenants, and tenants struggling to make ends meet, are constantly changing as landlords and corporations exploit loopholes in the law to make more money.

If you, a loved one, or a neighbor need help to stay in your homes, please reach out to our team for free legal help. If we miss your call, please leave a message and we’ll call back as soon as we can.