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Elke & Merchant LLP are experienced wrongful eviction lawyers dedicated to protecting tenant rights throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Failure to Repair
All tenants have the basic right to live in a safe and habitable home. If your landlord refuses to make necessary repairs, you have rights.
It is illegal under both state and local law for a landlord to harass you or discriminate against you as a tenant.
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
El Cerrito has adopted new tenant protections. On May 22, 2019, El Cerrito added Chapter 10.300 to its Municipal Code, titled “Just Cause for Eviction and Prohibition on Harassment of Tenants”. The new ordinance will provide just cause eviction protections and protection from harassment for tenants in buildings with five or more units built before January 1, 2015. The ordinance goes into effect on June 20, 2019. What units are covered by the El Cerrito Just Cause Ordinance? The El Cerrito Just Cause Ordinance covers all rental units except: Rental units with a certificate of occupancy issued after January 1,… CONTINUERead More