San Francisco Tenants Union
558 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Fighting For Tenants Rights Since 1970

February News

No Airbnb

Airbnb? Don't Do It!

As of February 1, 2015, some rentals for less than 30 days are allowed. However, the legislation is bad for tenants and may be amended by tenant advocates. Short-term rentals are very risky for the tenant host and reduces the housing stock. Also, Airbnb operates illegally (by not paying taxes) and enriches investor Ron Conway who funds legislation and politicians against tenants.

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Hops for Housing

Support the San Francisco Tenants Union while enjoying 30+ home-brewed and commercial beers with live music. February 12, 2015, 5:30pm to 9:00pm at the Beatbox, 314 11th St. $30 advance tickets, $40 at the door.

Mayor Appoints Big-Money-Friendly Julie Christensen for Supervisor for District 3

Mayor Ed Lee shows where he stands with the big money such as investor Ron Conway of Airbnb, who was a major backer of Prop 98 that would have ended rent control statewide for California.

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Renting Laws Your Landlord Probably Doesn't Want You to Know

Tips for renters from the San Francisco Tenants Union and Curbed SF.

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Buyouts of Tenants Are Regulated

After years of work by Ted Gullicksen and the San Francisco Tenants Union, the San Francisco Supervisors in a 7/4 vote (Breed, Farrell, Tang, Wiener opposing) approved groundbreaking legislation from Supervisor David Campos which will stop the speculators from using buyouts to get around prohibitions on condo conversions and other tenant protections. Mayor Lee declined to veto the legislation.


Loss of Housing for Blacks in San Francisco

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a partner of the San Francisco Tenants Union, has released a map showing the loss of the black population in the SF Bay Area in the last 40 years. Racism is a tool and effect of gentrification.

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