Can LL break lease because I called SFDBI?
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Assuming (as is likely) that the unit is subject to the SF rent control ordinance, the landlord can only evict you for one of the specified good causes, and cannot lawfully engage in buyout negotiations without complying with the buyout provisions of the ordinance.
If the unit is illegal, you don't owe rent, and most courts agree that you can't be evicted for non-payment of rent. North 7th Street associates v. Constante 92016) 7 Cal.App.5th Supp. 1.
You may well also be entitled to at least a partial rent refund and damages under various legal theories, including habitability, fraud, nuisance, violations of Civil Code Section 1942.4 and Business and Professions Code Section 17200, violations of Sections 37.9(f), 37.10B, and 37.11A of the rent control ordinance, etc.
You should seek help from a local landlord-tenant attorney. Many offer free initial consultations.