Landlords are prohibited from harassing their tenants. Illegal Harassment can take many forms. It can mean taking away services from a tenant such as cutting off heat or hot water, refusing to make necessary repairs, threatening tenants with eviction or harm, or attempting to force a tenant to vacate their apartment.
The San Francisco Rent Ordinance (SF Administrative Code Section 37.10B) prohibits landlords from taking away or failing to provide certain basic services from tenants. This includes interrupting, terminating or failing to provide housing services required by contract or by State, County or local housing, health or safety laws, among others.
Tenants who have been subjected to harassment may have a basis to sue their landlord for damages.