Join The Tenants Union

Credit & Debit Cards Accepted—See Below To Join Via Web

•Get the Latest Tenants Rights Handbook

•Get Telephone Counseling
Phone counseling is done by volunteers. It could take several weeks to be called back. You will only be able to leave a message and the counselor will leave a message if the counselor does not reach you. Please Click Here & Read Information on Phone Counseling.

•Support The Fight For Tenants Rights

Internet Membership rates for one year are (includes $5 for shipping and handling of the Tenants Rights Handbook):
$30 Low Income ($2,000 or less a month)
$45 Regular Income

$60 Household

$80 Sustainer


Join through Pay Pal (Click here), using a debit card or credit card.

Or, send payment to SF Tenants Union, 558 Capp St, SF, CA, 94110. We will mail back your handbook and the member's phone counseling number. 

What Is the San Francisco Tenants Union?

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. Starting from the struggle for rent control in the 1970s, the Tenants Union has been the city's leading advocate for tenants. 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.

How DoesTenants Rights Counseling Work?

For both members and nonmembers, the Tenants Union operates a drop in counseling clinic at 558 Capp Street (in the Mission District - cross street is 21st Street; Capp runs parallel to Mission St and is one block east of Mission). Click here for counseling hours or by calling 282-6622.

Counseling is free for Tenants Union members. Nonmembers are asked to donate ($20 for people of moderate incomes or above, $10 for people with low income) per visit but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Telephone counseling is provided only to Tenants Union members. Nonmembers must come to the drop-in clinic.


What Are The Benefits and Cost of Joining?

San Francisco Tenants Union members get free counseling for a year, phone counseling access, and our comprehensiveTenants Rights Handbook.

In-Office Membership rates are:

$25 Low Income ($2,000 per month or less)
$40 Regular

$55 Household

$75 Sustainer

To join, send payment to SF Tenants Union, 558 Capp St, SF, CA, 94110. We will mail back your handbook and the member's phone counseling number. 

Or join through Pay Pal, using a debit card or credit card.


What Types Of Problems Does the San Francisco Tenants Union Handle?

Our counselors are trained and experienced on virtually any aspect of landlord-tenant law.  Some of the more common problems we help with are:

Eviction Attempts
Harassment by the Landlord or Neighbors
Moving In, Bad Credit, Etc.
Organizing Tenants in your Building
Parking and Storage Questions
Pet and Support Animal Questions
Rent Board Petitions
Rent Increases
Rental Agreements
Repairs and Housing Services
Roommate Questions
Security Deposits
Subletting Questions
Tenancies-in-Commom and Condo Conversions

The Tenants Rights Handbook has chapters and sections on all the above, and more as well. With your membership you can get help for your specific problem and learn about all your rights, plus you are able to ask questions for a year from a trained counselor.



The San Francisco Tenants Union is a volunteer-based organization. We need your help! To volunteer, call 282-6622 or e-mail us at

The SF Tenants Union is supported only by your memberships and donations. If you find information on this website useful, or if you want to support our work, please join or donate. Members get even more information via our Tenants Rights Handbook plus access to phone counseling
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