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Get Telephone and In-Person Counseling for One Year
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 and 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 which can take 4 weeks to ship):
$30 Low Income ($2,000 or less a month)
$45 Regular Income

$60 Household

$80 Sustainer

Join online by clicking on the Donate button or by mail.

Or, send payment to SF Tenants Union, 558 Capp St, SF, CA, 94110. We will mail back your handbook and the members' 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. We are a 501(c)(4) since we campaign for political candidates, so generally donations are not tax deductible, although large donations may qualify (ask us).

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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. However, we do not counsel master tenants who are trying to evict their subtenants. This includes we do not counsel on what the master tenants rights are if the master tenant wants their subtenant to leave. Master tenants, in relation to their subtenants are landlords, so we cannot help master tenants acting as landlords. Please contact the San Francisco Rent Board in these situations.

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

In-Office Membership Rates

$25 Low Income ($2,000 per month or less, does not include shipping of handbook)
$40 Regular
(does not include shipping of handbook)
$55 Household
(does not include shipping of handbook)
$75 Sustainer
(does not include shipping of handbook)

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
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 (No
Counseling on Evicting Subtenants or
Master Tenants Wanting to Sublet for Short-Term Rentals)
Security Deposits
Subletting Questions (No
Counseling on Evicting Subtenants or
Master Tenants Wanting to Sublet for Short-Term Rentals)
Tenancies-in-Common and Condo Conversions