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.
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
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!
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
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
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)
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)