Why Vote for Peskin and Prop F?

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 use as the current law is unenforceable. The new law will still allow responsible, temporary vacation rentals.


Will the Mayor Veto Tenant Legislation?

For the official results of whether Mayor Ed Lee vetoes legislation that is very important for allowing many tenants to afford their rent, click here. The legislation would allow tenants to have additional roommates within reason.

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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


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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.).

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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 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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Ethical Landlords

Some landlords are ethical and don’t find it a hardship to be an ethical landlord. Here’s a letter to San Francisco Supervisors Cohen, Wiener, and Kim on the Land Use Committee from an ethical landlord.


The San Francisco Supervisors passed new tenant eviction protections which now await the Mayor’s decision. In a battle for re-election, Christensen is pressured into voting for tenants.


The San Francisco City Attorney is suing Anna Kihagi (who varies the spelling of her name) for a pattern of unlawful business practices that include waging “a war of harassment, intimidation, and retaliation” against tenants in order to force them from their rent-controlled homes.

Eviction Protections 2.0

The Board of Supervisors vote on the Eviction Protections 2.0 on September 22, 2015. The legislation was divided into two parts. One part of the legislation includes everything including the rights of tenants regarding roommates (supported by Supervisor Kim and Cohen, objected by Supervisor Wiener). However, the second part of the legislation contains everything else […]

New Handbooks Are Here!

The new (September 2015) 17th Edition of the San Francisco Tenants Union Tenants Rights handbooks are in! Get the latest updates on your rights.


Tim Redmond of 48 hills explains the flaws in the politically biased report by the city’s economist that inaccurately claims the negative effects of a temporary moratorium on building luxury housing in the Mission District of San Francisco. Read about the problems in the report here.

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