Hearing on Regulating Illegal Airbnb Rentals, 6/2, 9:30A, City Hall

Join us at the Government Audit and Oversight (GAO) Committee or if you cannot make the hearing, contact your elected officials to let them know you support restricting Airbnb’s illegal practices. The proposed legislation will fine hosting platforms for illegal listings in the city which is most of Airbnb’s listings. Airbnb removes affordable housing as well as funding politics that support their illegal practices. The GAO includes London Breed who is running for re-election and has been funded by Ron Conway of Airbnb (as well as Scott Wiener).


Campaign for Pro-Tenant Candidates

Vote by June 7 for the Reform Slate of the Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) and other pro-tenant candidates on the Tenant Slate! Volunteer for Dean Preston for San Francisco District 5 Supervisor (who received over 1,600 signatures to qualify for the ballot) at mobilization events or through other volunteer work.

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Know Your Rights
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
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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 volunteer led and membership supported. Membership contributions and counseling donations 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 peer-to-peer, volunteer led 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 the definitive handbook on tenants rights with annual updates. The 17th Edition (2015) 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.

The Tenants Rights Handbook is a resource to help tenants know their rights and advocate for themselves. 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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Volunteer for Dean Preston for San Francisco District 5 Supervisor (who received over 1,600 signatures to qualify for the ballot) and other pro-tenant candidates for the Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) at mobilization events or other volunteer work.

Cell Towers Hearings

Upcoming hearings are scheduled before the Historic Preservation Commission (June 1st,) and the Planning Commission (June 16), to consider adoption of changes to the San Francisco Planning Code as they relate to: Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Facilities (typically includes cell towers or cell antennas); and Articles 10 and 11 of the Planning Code (to clarify that Planning Department staff […]

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