Scorecard for Local Politicians

A scorecard by the Tenants Union ranks how our local politicians have or have not supported tenant candidates and causes. See our open letter here.


Dean Preston Got 47% of Vote

Defying expectations, Dean Preston got over 47% of the votes (with almost all the votes counted) against a well-funded incumbent Board President. Breed moved to the left in this campaign against a progressive tenant supporter and the pressure continues.


Development Required to Have Environmental Review

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to uphold an appeal that a project for market-rate housing needs to undergo an environmental review. San Francisco Tenants Union volunteer Scott Weaver was the attorney for the appeal. The message is that rapid displacement and gentrification have to be a central concern for all project approvals.

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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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SFTU Counseling Clinic

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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San Francisco’s Residential Parking Permit Program Wants to Hear from You  Northwest Bernal Heights Community Meeting Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, from 7 to 9 P.M.  Flynn Elementary – 3125 Cesar Chavez Street RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING PROPOSAL FOR NORTHWEST BERNAL The SFMTA and Northwest Bernal Heights Residents invite you to a public meeting to discuss the […]

News Tenant activists found a strategy to beat back a million-dollar landlord campaign against affordable housing By Deepa Varma – November 20, 2016 As we assess the implications of last week’s elections, it is worth considering two clear wins for progressives and for the tenant movement in San Francisco – and what those wins may […]

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