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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.
Almost every case we take, and certainly almost every wrongful eviction case, is taken on a contingency fee basis. This means that you would not ever pay us a dime in attorney’s fees unless we recover an amount for you.Read More
Owner move-in fraud occurs when an owner of a residential property in a rent control jurisdiction in the Bay Area, typically San Francisco, Oakland or Berkeley, gives a notice of eviction to a tenant and evicts a tenant falsely stating that the dominant motive of their eviction is to physically move into the rental unit themselves. Often, it is just a ploy to get rid of a long-term tenant who is paying below market rent, to either re-rent the unit at a much higher rate or sell the property without a tenant in it. Properties that are sold without tenants… CONTINUERead More
The most important measure of damages in a wrongful eviction case is the value of a lost rent-controlled unit. So, if a tenant has been residing in a rent-controlled unit for 20 years, and was paying below market rate rent, they can’t just move to another apartment at the same rent down the street. If they have been evicted, they have lost their home and a similar apartment would rent for at least twice the rent they were paying. We measure damages by hiring an expert to do a rental appraisal for that unit at the time the tenant vacated…. CONTINUERead More