Spanish Translation of Handbook

The San Francisco Tenants Union publishes the only comprehensive book on tenant rights in San Francisco. We want to translate it into Spanish for the first time. Please help us keep Spanish-speaking tenants in San Francisco by a tax deductible donation for publishing the handbook.

Legislation & Advocacy
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
Grassroots Organizing & Direct Action

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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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.).

Please note:

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SFTU Counseling Clinic

Tenants Rights Handbook


The San Francisco Tenants Union publishes an over-320 page handbook yearly. The 17th 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 as 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 San Francisco Rent Board is still finalizing the Rules and Regulations (which interpret the law) for the legislation strengthening protections from evictions effective November 9, 2015. The Rules are expected to be finalized at the meeting on December 3, 2015. Meanwhile, the law is in effect for tenants with rent control.


The Rent Board Commissioners (appointed by the Mayor) attempted to change legislation effective November 9, 2015 from what was understood by tenant advocates and the Rent Board staff to be the intent of the law. The Commissioners attempted to change the provision for allowing additional roommates number to be effective only for new tenancies. The […]


Prop I, on the November 2015 ballot, puts a 18-month pause on luxury development in the Mission District. If passed, Prop I will require public engagement for a plan including 50 percent affordable housing in the district. For more information on why to vote yes, click here.


Aaron Peskin, who is running for San Francisco Supervisor District 3, is not part of the frightening power machine that Ron Conway of Airbnb is using to further enrich himself and his cronies. Prop F will help reduce the removal of housing (15% according to the study by the City of San Francisco) for tourist […]

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