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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.
Although the current housing crisis is still an obvious and serious problem for the vast majority of Bay Area residents, it appears that rents have not risen as much as in previous years. In 2019, San Francisco and Oakland rents increased approximately 2% while the San Jose rental market was essentially unchanged. Rent Increases Slowing Down in the Bay Area: ReportRead More
The San Francisco Rent Board has published updated relocation payment amounts for certain no-fault evictions. For eviction notices served between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021, the relocation amount due per tenant is $7,225, with a cap of $21,674, plus $4,817 if the household has a minor child, plus $4,817 for each person who is 60 years of age or older or is disabled within the meaning of Government Code section 12955.3. There is no cap on the amount paid for being elderly, disabled, or a household with a minor child. Thus, the total relocation payment can exceed $21,674. For example, a… CONTINUERead More
The San Francisco Rent Board announced the annual allowable rent increase for rent increases that go into effect between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. The annual allowable rent increase for San Francisco tenants covered by the rent control protections of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance will be 1.8%. This amount is calculated as 60% of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose region, which was 3.0%. The annual allowable limit for rent increases that went into effect between March 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020 is 2.6%. Note that the annual rent… CONTINUERead More