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•Get Tenants Rights Handbook
•Get Telephone Counseling
    Note That Phone Counseling is Done by Volunteers and You Will Be Leaving A Message For The Counselor to Call You Back–It May Take Several Days or Even A Week or More To Get Back To You Please Click Here & Read Information on Phone Counseling

•Get A Subscription To Tenant Times
•Support The Fight For Tenants Rights

Internet Membership rates are (includes $5 for shipping and handling of 13th Edition Handbook)
$30 Low Income
$45 Regular

$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 SF Tenants Union?

Since 1971, the SF Tenants Union has been fighting for the rights of tenants and for the preservation of affordable housing in San Francisco. From the struggle for rent control in the 1970s to 1998's Proposition G (to end the abuses of OMI evictions), the Tenants Union has been the city's leading advocate for tenants. The SFTU is 100% membership supported and this enables our advocacy to be uncompromising and immune to pressures from government or other funders.


How DoesTenants Rights Counseling Work?

For both members and non-members, the SFTU 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). Counseling hours are available by calling 282-6622.

Counseling is free for SFTU members. Non-members are asked to donate ($20 for people of moderate incomes or above, $10 for people with low incomes) per visit (no one is turned away for lack of funds, however).

Telephone counseling is provided only to SFTU members. Non-members must come to the drop in clinic.


What Are The Benefits & Cost of Joining?

SFTU members get free counseling for a year,  phone counseling access, our comprehensiveTenants Rights Handbook and a subscription toTenant Times, the city's tenant newspaper.

In-Office Membership rates are:

$25 Low Income
$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 SFTU 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:


Rent Increases
Eviction Attempts

Repairs and Maintenance

Landlord Harassment

Invasion of Privacy

Security Deposits

Questions about your lease, roommates,
subletting, pets, parking spaces, etc.
Rent Board Petitions

Tenancies-in-Common,Owner-Move-Ins, condo conversions

Questions about moving in, bad credit, etc.

Help in organizing tenants in your building

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 at any time from a trained counselor.



The SFTU is a volunteer based organization. We need your help! We especially need counselors as the demand for our services these days is overwhelming. 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 web site 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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