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Fillmore Tenants Go On Strike to Protest Rising Rents
by Toshio MeronekSF Weekly
December 30th, 2015
Tenants in a San Francisco affordable housing development may go on rent strike to protect their rights to stay in their apartments. Many of the tenants have lived in the building for decades.
San Francisco's Housing Shortage Threatens African Americans
by Janie HarSan Francisco Chronicle
December 28th, 2015
San Francisco's African American community may be forced out with the gentrification of the Bayview neighborhood there.
Supervisors Seek to Expand Rent Control, Raise Inclusionary Housing Requirements
by Laura DudnickSan Francisco Examiner
December 15th, 2015
Two San Francisco Supervisors are planning to increase inclusionary housing requirements for residential developers, and to look at expanding rent control protections.
With Soaring Rents and a Vanishing Middle Class, San Francisco Becomes a City for the Rich
by Adam HudsonTruthout
December 15th, 2015
High rents are forcing San Franciscans from their homes, and the City is participating in the process by increasing rents at an affordable housing complex where lower-income tenants have lived for decades.
S.F. Fire Department Fails to Protect Tenants
by Steve ClaytonBeyond Chron
December 7th, 2015
The San Francisco Fire Department fails to inspect rental units for violations and fails to penalize landlords when they do find violations.
SRO's Shift to Housing Foreign Students
by Randy Shaw and Rio ScharfBeyond Chron
December 3rd, 2015
Landlords are renting SROs to short-term tenants, rather than long-term residents.
Landlords Can't Circumvent Cities' Tenant Protections, Court Says
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
December 3rd, 2015
Cities can impose restrictions on the grounds for eviction.
S.F. Landlord Anna Kihagi Faces New Court Action by City Attorney
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
December 3rd, 2015
San Francisco's City Attorney is suing landlord Anna Kihagi for repeated violations of tenants' rights at her properties.
SF Tenant Protections Dodge Bullet at Rent Board
by Julian MarkMIssion Local
November 12th, 2015
The San Francisco Rent Board declined to limit new tenant protections passed by the Board of Supervisors to new leases.
Planning Commission Looks to Better Preserve Rent-Controlled Homes
by Laura DudnickSan Francisco Examiner
October 12th, 2015
San Francisco's Planning Commission may require developers who demolish rent-controlled units to replace them with affordable apartments.
Judge Strikes Down San Francisco Eviction Law
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
October 7th, 2015
A San Francisco court struck down a requirement that landlords evicting tenants under the Ellis Act provide adequate relocation assistance.
Soaring Rents Force More San Francisco Families into Single-Room Residential Hotels
by Bay City News ServiceCBS (San Francisco)
October 2nd, 2015
Increasing numbers of families are being forced into single rooms. In addition to overcrowding, the rooms often have substantial code violations.
Gentrifiers to S.F. Mission Now Fear Eviction
by Laura WenusMIssion Local
October 2nd, 2015
People who have only lived in the Mission District for a few years now fear eviction by a new wave of gentrifiers.
Rezoning of Divisadero Sparks Controversy
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
October 1st, 2015
A proposed project will not provide any affordable housing for the neighborhood, and is triple the size of the original proposal.
Time Running Out for Some Affordable Housing Tenants in S.F.
by John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
September 17th, 2015
San Francisco will probably have to pay to maintain affordable units as the contracts that kept the units affordable expire.
Proposal to Expand Rent Control, Tenant Protections Advances
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
September 15th, 2015
The Board of Supervisors will vote next week on legislation to tighten rent control and eviction protections, including prohibitions against attempts to evict for petty lease violations.
View from SF Mission Hacker Hotel
by Laura WenusMIssion Local
September 11th, 2015
Rents are so high in San Francisco that people are renting a bunk space for nearly $2,000 a month. This is the first part of a series.
SF Mission Hacker Hostel Navigates Housing Law
by Laura WenusMIssion Local
September 11th, 2015
Housing is so expensive in San Francisco that interns at the tech companies located here spend $1,900 a month for a bunk in a six-person room. But using apartments in this way may violate occupancy laws. This is the second part of a series.
S.F. Mission Gentrification at 'Advanced Stage'
by Emma NeimanMIssion Local
September 10th, 2015
Gentrification in San Francisco's Mission District is at an advanced stage.
San Francisco Landlords Jump on the Bandwagon to Build 'Hacker' Hostels
by Mark KellyCBS (San Francisco)
September 10th, 2015
Landlords are converting apartments to hostels for tech workers who come to the City for internships or short-term projects, often evicting long-term tenants to do so. These conversions allow landlords to make up to $60,000 a month.
S.F. Landlord Charged $4K/Month for Rodent-Infested "Death Trap" Apartments
by Chris MorranConsumerist
September 8th, 2015
A San Francisco court has found against a building manager who charged exorbitant rent and failed to pass the rent payments on to the property owner. The tenants were evicted for allegedly not paying the rent.
S.F. Mayor Lee Rolls Out Affordable Housing Plan
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
September 8th, 2015
San Francisco's Mayor Ed Lee announced his plan to confront the affordable housing crisis.
Huge Landlord under Legal Fire over Units Used as Tourist Rentals
by J.K. Dineen and John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
September 8th, 2015
San Francisco's City Attorney is suing landlord Angelo Sangiacomo for leasing rent-controlled units to tourists.
Lawsuit Troubles Trigger New Call for Affordable Housing at 16th and Mission
by Jose Rivano BarrosMIssion Local
August 24th, 2015
A legal dispute between the owner and the developer of market rate units in San Francisco's Mission District may create an opening for the development of affordable housing on the site.
Landlord in Ellis Eviction Files Claim Against Dead Tenant's Estate
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
August 21st, 2015
A landlord who inherited a property and sought to evict tenants under the Ellis Act filed a claim against a tenant who died during the eviction fight.
A Leading Voice on Urban Planning Debunks Housing Trickle-Down
by Peter Cohen48 Hills
August 19th, 2015
Peter Cohen argues that simply building more housing will not solve San Francisco's housing crisis. This is a response to Gerald Metcalf's July 20 article.
Two North Beach Tenants, Landlord Settle Ellis Act Eviction Dispute
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 18th, 2015
Two long-term tenants have settled with their new landlord, who is evicting them under the Ellis Act, claiming that she is going out of the rental business.
Landlady Caught in Legal Battle with Senior Tenants in San Francisco
by Vic LeeABC 7
August 17th, 2015
A landlady is evicting senior tenants from a building she inherited.
S.F. Landlord Evicting Seniors Who Helped Her Ailing Aunt
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 14th, 2015
A San Francisco landlord, who inherited her property from her aunt, is evicting two tenants who took care of the aunt before her death.
Residents of S.F.-Owned Apartments Balk at Rent Increase
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
August 13th, 2015
Rents are being increased at a city-owned apartment building, and some tenants are facing rent increases of several hundred dollars a month.
Tenants in San Francisco Fight Back against Nuisance Evictions
by Adam HudsonTruthout
August 11th, 2015
Landlords in San Francisco are using any excuse to attempt to evict rent-controlled tenants.
Mission Tenants Tell Another Sad Story of Harassment by Incoming New Landlord
by Jay BarmannSFist
August 10th, 2015
Tenants in the Mission District are being harassed by a speculator who doesn't yet own the building.
Yerba Buena Island Plan an Unwelcome Development for Some
by Lizzie JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
August 9th, 2015
Low-income tenants on Yerba Buena Island are being forced out to make way for a new development. They are being offered small relocation payments or housing on the much less desirable Treasure Island.
Longtime S.F. Tenants Fight City Move to Remodel Their Apartments
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 7th, 2015
Senior and disabled tenants are fighting a move by the City to remodel their apartments, claiming that the units don't need remodeling.
SF City Attorney Looking At Misuse of Affordable Housing Units
by Lizzie JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
August 6th, 2015
San Francisco's City Attorney is investigation San Francisco landlord, Angelo Sangiacomo, for illegally taking rent-controlled units off the market, and renting them as tourist units.
S.F. Tenants' Groups Fight 'Gotcha' Evictions
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 29th, 2015
Tenant groups in San Francisco are fighting evictions of rent-controlled tenants for reasons that are often silly or petty.
Landlords Behaving Badly: San Francisco Too Valuable for Poor People
by Carl FinamoreCounterPunch
July 28th, 2015
Landlords are taking whatever actions possible to remove tenants from their homes.
Western Addition Affordable Housing Complex Threatened with Potential Sale
July 28th, 2015
An affordable housing complex may be sold, threatening tenants who have lived their for decades with eviction.
San Francisco's Chinatown Residents Fear Evictions and Gentrification
by Stephanie Martin TaylorKQED
July 28th, 2015
Tenants in Chinatown are facing harassment and eviction, as landlords move to gentrify the neighborhood.
Does Supply Create Its Own Demand?
by William FultonCalifornia Planning and Development Report
July 27th, 2015
Building luxury housing may simply bring more consumers of such housing, rather than leading to greater affordability in the community. This is a response to Gerald Metcalf's article (July 20).
Blame Realtors for S.F.'s Housing Crisis
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
July 27th, 2015
Realtors bear the vast majority of responsibility for San Francisco's housing crisis. This is a response to Gerald Metcalf's article (July 20).
Why S.F. Evictions Are on the Rise
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 27th, 2015
Landlords forced to file buyout agreements with the rent board are instead choosing to try to evict their tenants. The average buyout would pay for only ten months' median rent in the City.
Housing Crisis Not the Fault of Progressives
by Mark HoganSan Francisco Examiner
July 26th, 2015
A San Francisco architect notes that affordable housing development was largely the work of progressives in local government there.
Yerba Buena Residents Fight Against Evictions Prompted by Development
by Bay City News ServiceSan Jose Mercury News
July 24th, 2015
Tenants on Yerba Buena are fighting to return to their homes after a proposed development is completed.
Progressives Didn't Cause the San Francisco Housing Crisis
by Robert Cruickshank Calitics
July 23rd, 2015
Robert Cruickshank responds the Gerald Metcalf's article (July 20), arguing that business-oriented politicians failed to develop affordable housing and are responsible for the housing crisis there. Opposition to development by progressives in the 1960s and 1970s was, in fact, opposition to displacement of minority communities, not to affordable housing.
What's the Matter With San Francisco?
by Gerald MetcalifCity Lab
July 23rd, 2015
SPUR President Gerald Metcalf argues that San Francisco progressives are responsible for the housing crisis there.
S.F. Rent-Controlled Apartments Lost As Fast As New Ones Are Built
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 13th, 2015
Rather than adding to the City's affordable housing stock, new affordable units are barely replacing those lost as state laws enable landlords to remove rent-controlled units from the City's affordable housing stock.
It's Divisadero's Turn, with Condos Proposed for Car Wash Site
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 6th, 2015
Developers of a condominium project are trying to avoid having to incorporate sufficient affordable housing into the project.
In Surprise Move, Planning Commission May Seek to Halt Some Mission Housing
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
July 3rd, 2015
The Planning Commission will look at a moratorium on the construction of market-rate housing in San Francisco's Mission District.
Families Pack Up as S.F. Rents Keep Rising
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
June 27th, 2015
Families with children are particularly threatened in the affordability crisis in San Francisco, as single-family homes are exempted from rent control protections under Costa-Hawkins. At the time the law was passed, Jim Costa argued that it would protect families.
Tenant Bootcamps Excite S.F. Renters
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 9th, 2015
The San Francisco Tenants Union is presenting workshops for tenants around San Francisco. Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston led the bootcamps.
Numbers Reveal SF Tenant Buyout Picture
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
June 4th, 2015
Landlords have filed more than 100 buyout agreements or offers since a new law required their disclosure in March.
SF's Hottest Bootcamps are for Tenants
by Jenny ManriqueMIssion Local
May 22nd, 2015
TT Executive Director Dean Preston was a presenter at a tenants' rights bootcamp sponsored by the San Francisco Tenants Union.
S.F.'s Mission After the Moratorium
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
May 12th, 2015
The moratorium proposed for San Francisco's Mission District may provide some breathing room to protect the remaining affordable housing there.
San Francisco May Subsidize Middle-Class Apartments for First Time
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
May 12th, 2015
San Francisco's housing crisis may now require that the city provide subsidized housing for families making more than $100,000 a year.
Supervisor Jane Kim Takes Aim at 'Frivolous' Evictions
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
May 12th, 2015
Supervisor Jane Kim is proposing legislation that would limit frivolous evictions by landlords seeking to evict rent-controlled tenants.
Could S.F. Supe's Bid to Halt Building Market-Rate Units Work?
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
May 9th, 2015
Peter Dreier argues that the moratorium on new market-rate construction in San Francisco's Mission District might work.
Mission District Anti-Eviction Protesters Take Over City Hall
May 8th, 2015
Tenant groups in San Francisco went to City Hall, demanding more affordable housing in the City.
How Can the City Kick-Start Affordable Housing
by Laura Wenus, Daniel Hirsch & Lydia ChavezMIssion Local
May 8th, 2015
Addressing the City's housing problems requires that City leaders establish affordable housing as a priority.
Tenants Triumph Over Google Attorney
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
May 8th, 2015
A Google attorney has been stopped from evicting tenants under the Ellis Act.
Campos Wants Moratorium on New Housing in the Mission
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
May 5th, 2015
Supervisor David Campos is calling for a moratorium on new market-rate housing in San Francisco's Mission District.
Mission District Housing Moratorium May Head for November Ballot
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
May 4th, 2015
A ballot initiative that would impose a moratorium on new market-rate housing in the Mission District is being readied for the November ballot.
State High Court Rejects S.F. Landlord's Bid to Raise Rents
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
April 29th, 2015
A tenant who moved into a rent-controlled unit as a child is an original tenant and is protected by San Francisco's rent control ordiance.
Neighborhood Comes Together in Hopes of Slowing Gentrification
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
April 26th, 2015
Residents of San Francisco's Mission District are struggling to slow the gentrification of their neighborhood.
Lots of New Housing in San Francisco, But It's Still Not Enough
by John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
April 16th, 2015
Housing construction in San Francisco has not been for those who most need housing, and the City is losing housing to Airbnb rentals.
SF Apartment from Hell: Tenants Sue Landlords over Sewage in Sink, Blood-Stained Walls
CBS (San Francisco)
April 16th, 2015
Tenants in a San Francisco apartment building are suing their landlords for code violations and illegal rent increases.
San Francisco "In-Law" Housing May Add Hundreds of New Units
by Roland LiSan Francisco Business Times
April 14th, 2015
Supervisor Scott Wiener is advocating allowing in-law units to help alleviate San Francisco's housing shortage.
Confusion on the SF Housing Front
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 14th, 2015
The City may be changing the rules on some housing developers after their developments were approved, although the City claims that the developers are trying to evade affordable housing requirements.
Affordable Housing Loophole Ignites Fight over $2,000 a Month 'Co-Housing' Apartments
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
April 10th, 2015
A San Francisco developer is trying to evade the City's affordable housing requirements by claiming that his market-rate units do not qualify as dwellings.
24 Residents Forced to Leave Uninhabitable Building in SF
by Leslie BrinkleyABC 7 News
April 6th, 2015
The City is trying to force tenants to leave a building after the landlord failed to correct habitability violations. However, the City has failed to find adequate replacement housing for the tenants being evicted.
Chinatown Hotel Next Up in S.F. Gentrification Wars
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
March 27th, 2015
Tenants in a Chinatown hotel are facing eviction on trivial grounds.
More SF Mid-Market Artists Are Fighting Eviction
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
March 26th, 2015
Artists are being evicted from their live-work spaces to make way for commercial tenants.
San Francisco Artists Protest Eviction Notice from Market Street Space
CBS (San Francisco)
March 26th, 2015
San Francisco artists are fighting eviction from a building the landlord is converting to commercial use.
Can Chiu, Ting Win Ellis Act Reform?
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 20th, 2015
San Francisco legislators will have to lead the effort to reform the Ellis Act and protect tenants there.
How Activists in 3 Cities Are Fighting Evictions
by Alexis StephensNext City
March 20th, 2015
Activists in Detroit, San Francisco and Brooklyn are fighting evictions in their cities.
As Gentrification Persists in San Francisco, Evictions Take New Forms
by Adam HudsonTruthout
March 19th, 2015
Landlords are developing new ways to evade the law in evicting tenants in San Francisco.
New Mass Ellis Evictions Hit Mission
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 18th, 2015
Long-time San Francisco landlord is evicting the tenants from one of his Mission District properties.
Longtime Rent-Control Tenant Shocked to Discover $6,700 Rent Hike is Totally Legal
by Lamar AndersonCurbed-San Francisco
March 16th, 2015
A San Francisco landlord took out a second unit to turn a rent-controlled unit to a single family rental. Single-family homes are exempt from rent control under state law.
SF Renter Says Landlord is Raising Her Rent 400 Percent with $12,500 Security Deposit
CBS (San Francisco)
March 15th, 2015
A San Francisco tenant reports that she is facing a 400% rent increase. Tenants who rent single-family homes cannot be protected by rent control legislation under the State's Costa-Hawkins law.
Privatizing Public Housing: The "Genocide of Poor People"
by Toshio MeronekTruthout
March 13th, 2015
The privatizing of San Francisco's public housing may lead to improvements--or may lead to further reduction of San Francisco's affordable housing stock.
Tenants at 1049 Market Street Can Keep their Homes--For Now
by David-Elijah NahmodHoodline
March 4th, 2015
The Board of Supervisors in San Francisco has passed legislation that will protect the tenants at 1049 Market Street from eviction for another year.
Media Misleads Public on SF Fires
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
February 19th, 2015
Local media has failed to hold the San Francisco Fire Department accountable for lax inspection practices that have allowed serious violations to remain uncorrected for years.
Trouble on 24th Street
by Daniel HirschMIssion Local
February 13th, 2015
A tenant in a live-work space in the Mission was forced to contend with serious code violations.
One Fire in a Real Estate Empire Rife with Issues
by Daniel Hirsch, Lydia Chavez, Andrea Valencia & Laura WenusMIssion Local
February 13th, 2015
The owner of a property where one tenant was killed and sixty-five others displaced has more than $15 million in San Francisco real estate. The low-income tenants have few options and have to tolerate substandard and dangerous conditions.
S.F. Supervisor Wants to Limit Mission Development, May Push Moratorium
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
February 13th, 2015
San Francisco Supervisor David Campos may push to stop development in the Mission District. Of the 500 units planned for near-term development, only 34 of them are affordable.
Jury Rules for Mission District Tenants
by Tom DrohanBeyond Chron
February 9th, 2015
A San Francisco family will remain in their home after their landlord's attempt to evict them failed.
Mission Fire Tenants: There Were No Smoke Alarms
by Daniel Hirsch, Lydia Chavez, Andrea Valencia & Laura WenusMIssion Local
February 6th, 2015
A Mission District building had no smoke alarms, according to the tenants. The fire displaced 65 people, and killed one person.
Amended Ellis Act Relocation Law Caps Landlord Payouts at $50K
by Jay BarmanSFist
February 4th, 2015
Under a new Ellis Act relocation scheme, landlords would have to pay only $50K to evicted tenants.
Rent Limits Protect Child Who Was Original Tenant, Court Says
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
January 26th, 2015
California's First District Court of Appeal has ruled that a child who moved into an apartment with his parents is protected by rent control as an "original tenant."
SF Slashes Ellis Act Evictions
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
January 6th, 2015
Ellis Act evictions have fallen in 2014, in part because of actions taken by city government.
S.F. Housing on the Way, But Not Soon Enough for 2015 Relief
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
December 31st, 2014
About 4,000 housing units will be constructed in San Francisco in 2015, more than half of which will be market rate rentals. Only about 800 units will be affordable units.
S.F. Fails to Follow Up After Evictions
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
December 29th, 2014
The City has failed to go after scofflaw landlords who evict tenants in violation of San Francisco ordinances. In addition, penalties don't provide a sufficient deterrent.
Court Stops North Beach Ellis Eviction
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
December 18th, 2014
A tenant who has lived in North Beach for 40 years has defeated his landlord's attempt to evict him under the Ellis Act.
Do Rents Really Rise Without Human Intervention?
by Pete DollackCounterPunch
November 21st, 2014
A report on the failure of Prop G and the decision overturning San Francisco's requirement for compensation for tenants evicted as a result of the Ellis Act.
SRO Tenants' Tales Tell Scary Story
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
November 21st, 2014
Tenants in a "tech SRO" are complaining of illegal conditions at the property. The same landlords own another SRO where the former tenants are suing the landlords for illegal eviction.
Formerly Homeless Residents May Face Higher Eviction Rate than Other S.F. Tenants
by Paayal ZaveriSan Francisco Public Press
November 20th, 2014
Local housing groups and mental health service providers are seeking ways to keep formerly homeless tenants from being evicted from supportive housing facilities.
Ellis Eviction Protest at Rube Goldberg Building
by Eviction Free SFBeyond Chron
November 19th, 2014
Tenants of a San Francisco building are fighting their eviction under the Ellis Act.
Ted Gullickson's Memorial Marks Evictions
by Joe Fitzgerald RodriguezSan Francisco Examiner
November 18th, 2014
The San Francisco Tenants Union's Ted Gullickson was remembered at a memorial service this week.
SRO Fire Displacees Sue "Tech Coop"
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 13th, 2014
Displaced tenants are suing a landlord who re-rented their units illegally.
Former Tenants Sue After SRO Housing Made Into Group Apartments
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
November 13th, 2014
Tenants of a single-room occupancy hotel in San Francisco are suing their former landlord, after he leased the rooms they were supposed to re-occupy were leased to a tech co-op. The landlord received a $100,000 loan from the City to make repairs to the building.

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