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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
Oakland passed an emergency ordinance that temporarily extends rent control protections to owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes. The ordinance, which limits rent increases to 3.4%, will be in effect for 180 days while the City Council considers more a permanent measure. Prior to this emergency ordinance, under Section 8.22.030(A)(8) of the Oakland Rent Ordinance, duplexes and triplexes were exempt from rent control if the owner resided in the building as his or her principal residence. This meant that a rent-controlled tenant in a duplex or triplex could lose rent control protections if the owner moved into the building. Last year, Oakland… CONTINUERead More