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San Francisco Tenants Union

Since 1971, the SF Tenants Union has been fighting for the rights of tenants and for the preservation of affordable housing in San Francisco. From the struggle for rent control in the 1970s to 1998’s Proposition G (to end the abuses of OMI evictions), the Tenants Union has been the city’s leading advocate for tenants.  For both members and non-members, the SFTU operates a drop in counseling clinic at 558 Capp Street (in the Mission District – cross street is 21st Street; Capp runs parallel to Mission St and is one block east of Mission). Counseling hours are available by calling 282-6622. The SF Tenants Union offers invaluable counseling to those facing evictions, unlawful detainers and tenant related issues.  For more information, check out San Francisco Tenants’ Union...

San Francisco Rent Board Decisions and Advice

The San Francisco Rent Ordinance regulates rents and evictions for certain residential rental units in San Francisco. There is no commercial rent control in San Francisco. The Rent Board’s primary function is to conduct hearings and mediations of tenant and landlord petitions regarding the adjustment of rents under the City’s rent control laws. The Rent Board also investigates Reports of Alleged Wrongful Eviction, although the Rent Board’s authority in such matters is limited since only the Court can decide whether an eviction is legal. The Rent Board cannot arbitrate matters that are not part of the Rent Ordinance. For example, the Rent Board does not have jurisdiction to adjudicate alleged breaches of a rental agreement, which must be decided in court. The Rent Board also cannot hear cases concerning issues of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, as such matters are outside of its jurisdiction. The Rent Board’s website is an invaluable resources with a tremendous wealth of information regarding tenant’s...
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