San Francisco Tenants Union
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December News

Rent-Controlled Housing Saved from Demolition

After opposition including by the San Francisco Tenants Union, rent-controlled housing was saved from demolition. Bobby Coleman, Interim Tenant Organizer for the San Francisco Tenants Union, reminded the Board of Supervisors of their pledges to the Tenants Union to oppose demolition of rent-controlled housing which has been disappearing at the rate of 1,000 units each year for the last 2 years. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted (Malia Cohen absent) to save the rent-controlled housing at 395-26th Avenue from demolition. Click on the link for File Number 141047 on SFGov tv page to see the hearing. The Tenants Union speech is at 1:10:47 minutes.

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.
•Requires buyouts to be filed and registered with the San Francisco Rent Board.
•Imposes the same condo conversion prohibitions as for no-fault evictions when a tenant has vacated under a buyout agreement after October 31, 2014.
•Requires landlords to notify tenants of their rights (in a form developed by the Rent Board) prior to negotiating a buyout.
•Gives tenants the right to rescind a buyout for 45 days after signing the agreement.

Airbnb Legislation Summary

•The legislation does not change a rental agreement’s restrictions on subletting. (However, subletting is allowed under a different section of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance despite a prohibition in the rental agreement.)
•The legislation becomes operative February 1, 2015.
•The tenant may not sublet for more than the rent paid to the landlord each month.
•The tenant is given a chance to cure (fix) the first violation of Chapter 41A of the San Francisco Administrative Code (residential rentals for less than 30 days) after a written notice.
•The tenant must register with the San Francisco Planning Department which will maintain a database of the tenants who qualify for short-term residential rentals.
•The tenant must occupy the rental unit for at least 275 days of the calendar year or if the tenant has not rented for a full preceding calendar year, for at least 75 percent of the days sh/e has occupied the unit. Only one tenant in each residential unit qualifies.

Ellis Act Eviction Payment Ruling Will Be Appealed

Former SF Tenants Union Director Ted Gullicksen Remembered as a Tenant Hero at Crowded Memorial


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