Supervisor Mark Farrell Unhappy About Tenant Advocacy

Mark Farrell (San Francisco Supervisor for Cow Hollow, Laurel Heights, Marina, Pacific Heights, Presidio, parts of Russian Hill, and Sea Cliff) opposed the money going to organizations that fight illegal evictions. He also opposes tenant organizing over the Mission moratorium as well as other recent organizing. Read the article here.

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Building Tenant Power

Since 1971, the San Francisco Tenants Union has been fighting for the rights of tenants and for the preservation of affordable housing in San Francisco. The Tenants Union is supported by membership and counseling donations and this enables our advocacy to be uncompromising and not influenced by pressures from government or other funders. We are a 501(c)(4) since we campaign for political candidates. We seek to build a base of tenants throughout the city to establish a political power to create change.

Join the Tenants Union today to help support on going efforts to protect and expand affordable housing in the city. Your membership helps keep the clinic going and drives our advocacy.

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Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a data-visualization, data analysis, and digital storytelling collective documenting the dispossession of San Francisco Bay Area residents in the wake of the Tech Boom 2.0. We seek to create tools that contribute to collective resistance, and that can be used by diverse communities in movement building.

Utilizing maps and digital storytelling, we strive to make the often obscured mechanisms of material, cultural, and affective displacement palpable. We see the eviction epidemic as endemic to a political economy built to privilege corporate interests of real estate and tech, and seek to contribute to a living archive that deconstructs corporate collusion.

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The SF Tenants Union Proudly Endorses Aaron Peskin for District 3 Supervisor


May 6, 2015 to July 22, 2015



Drop-In Tenants’ Rights Counseling Clinic

The Tenants Union operates a drop-in counseling clinic for members and nonmembers. Since the Tenants Union is a membership-supported organization, we ask that new tenants become members of the Tenants Union. Members receive a copy of our Tenants Rights Handbook and access to phone counseling. If you do not join, we ask that you make a donation when you come in (but no one is turned away for lack of funds).

Hours for the clinic include daytime, evening and weekend hours. Since the actual hours can vary each week, tenants should check our drop-in schedule or call 415-282-6622 right before coming for the schedule. Counselors are trained to answer virtually any question regarding your rights as a tenant or sub-tenant. Please bring in all your paperwork (notices, letters, rental agreement, etc.).

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Tenants Rights Handbook

The San Francisco Tenants Union publishes an over-320 page handbook yearly. The 16th Edition of the Tenants Rights Handbook is available to members only. The handbook contains comprehensive information on the law, strategies, and resources for tenant rights in San Francisco.

We see the Tenants Rights Handbook a part of a larger organizing strategy to build political power by empowering tenants to learn and understand their rights. Being able to articulate your rights to landlords and politicians helps to assert tenant power in San Francisco.

We encourage you to become a member of the San Francisco Tenants Union and offer the handbook as a tool for tenant self-empowerment and self-determination.

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The Berkeley City Council voted to restrict short-term rentals to up to 14 days and includes regulations to minimize the impact on neighbors. Maybe the difference between Berkeley and San Francisco is that many San Francisco Supervisors and the Mayor are supported by Airbnb’s Ron Conway? Tell your pro-Airbnb Supervisors (London Breed, Malia Cohen, Mark […]


Only the same rent as the evicted tenant can be charged for the replacement tenant after certain types of evictions. Requires a substantial violation of the rental agreement for eviction. Requires a chance to cure the unauthorized addition of the tenant’s family members to the dwelling. Prevents an eviction because the tenant is occupying a […]


An amendment to the relocation payment providing a rental payment differential is not currently being enforced by the City of San Francisco because the City believes the new rental payment differential is included in the ruling of Levin v. City and County of San Francisco.


Airbnb’s own study shows 20% of Airbnb hosts do NOT use the residential unit as a home as required by the law! Yet Airbnb argues that they are not making the housing crisis worse. 66 percent of San Franciscans think Airbnb should be fined for posting unregistered units, and 63 percent would support a ballot […]

Artist Displacement Survey

The San Francisco Arts Commission is trying to track the impact of the current affordability crisis on individual artists. If you are an artist facing displacement from your home, studio or both, they need to hear from you! Please take five minutes to fill out this survey. Your input will be an enormous help as […]

Saving San Francisco

Barry Levine’s Blog: It’s a fickle life–that of the drifter. I used to fall in love with every place my life’s journey took me. At first it was the addictive excitement of the violent streets of the South Bronx, New York City. The next stop on my journey was a residential hotel in center city […]

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