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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.
[This post has been updated to reflect the Mayor’s July 27, 2020 extension of the eviction moratorium and the Board’s legislation permanently banning evictions for non-payment.] San Francisco Tenant Protections During the Covid-19 Crisis Temporary Eviction Moratorium San Francisco has banned all evictions until at least October 31, 2020. The eviction ban does not apply if the owner can show it is necessary to recover possession due to violence, threats of violence, or health and safety issues. The eviction ban also does not apply to Ellis Act evictions. Specifically, the eviction ban applies if the effective date of the notice… CONTINUERead More
On April 30, San Francisco Mayor London Breed issued a new Order amending San Francisco’s Covid-19 eviction protections. The new Order simplifies and strengthens the protections relating to a tenant’s inability to pay rent due to Covid-19-related financial reasons by eliminating the requirement that the tenant notify the landlord within 30 days of when rent is due and by eliminating the requirement that the tenant provide documentation within seven days of notifying the landlord of the tenant’s inability to pay. Under the new Order, a landlord is prohibited from evicting a tenant due to a missed rent payment if the… CONTINUERead More
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has extended the residential eviction moratorium through May 22, 2020. The moratorium can be further extended if the Mayor finds that the emergency conditions still exist. The eviction moratorium states: (1) It is necessary to amend the temporary moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent by residential tenants directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, as stated in Section 1 of the Second Supplement dated March 13, 2020, to clarify that it also applies to housing providers who are exempt from the Rent Ordinance because their rent is controlled or regulated by the City; to allow… CONTINUERead More