San Francisco Tenant Lawyers

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Tenant Lawyers

Tenant Lawyers

San Francisco Tenant Lawyers Who Will Fight For You

Elke & Merchant LLP are experienced tenant lawyers dedicated to protecting tenant rights throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We represent tenants in all types of actions against landlords, including eviction defense, Rent Board petitions, and affirmative lawsuits related to wrongful eviction, harassment, and habitability issues.

Tom Elke and Alex Merchant have helped clients secure millions of dollars and tried over twenty-five jury trials to verdict.

We only represent tenants. Never landlords.

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20 Apr
What Happens If My Landlord’s Property Is Foreclosed?

It happens more often than people think: after years of living in a property, a notice is posted and the property is foreclosed. While the landlord has lost an investment, the tenant has lost much mor Read More

08 Apr
San Francisco Strengthens Eviction Protections for Teachers and Families During the School Year

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors just unanimously amended the Rent Ordinance to Read More



    Tom Elke helped us navigate California's and Oakland's complex landlord-tenant laws. He is not only incredibly knowledgeable, but also he is generous with his time, extremely personable and passionate about his work. He also has a ton of court experience, which is surprisingly rare for most lawyers. I would highly recommend him!

    Anthu Le

    Business client

  • Superb Attorney

    Tom and Alex Merchant were always very prompt to answer my questions. They both attended the settlement conference to great results. I was able to keep my accommodation for two more months and was compensated beyond my expectation. Related

    Landlord & Tenant client

    5 star review
  • Tom Elke

    I called Tom for advice when my landlord sent me a 60-day notice to terminate my tenancy. He’s been extremely responsive, thoughtful, and reassuring. During my free consultation he poured over the details of multiple legal documents and gave me specific, actionable advice. His guidance has helped me navigate through this challenging time. Related


    5 star review
  • Super Lawyer

    Mr. Elke is a very professional in his field and is a straight forward lawyer. I was very satisfied having such a knowledgeable lawyer on my side who was able to drive the process to successful results.


    Landlord & Tenant client

    (5 star review)
  • A Rare & Outstanding Attorney

    Tom Elke has been my primary source of knowledge, direction, and wisdom during two evictions I dealt with regarding a foreclosed single family home I partially rented. When I initially spoke to him, I immediately discerned his intent was to help me compared to the previous lawyers I spoke to. Against the advice of all…


    Real Estate client

    (5 star review)

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785 Market Street, 16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone : (415) 294-4111

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