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  • Repeal Costa Hawkins!

    Tenants paid a visit on December 5 to State Assemblymember David Chiu’s San Francisco office to pressure him to schedule a hearing on the Costa Hawkins repeal measure (AB 1506) in the Housing and Community Development committee that he chairs. Introduced last February, the bill would get rid of a law that has limited rent control since 1995 when it was passed by the state legislature. Costa-Hawkins removes rent control on single-family homes and most condos, eliminates vacancy control, and doesn’t allow rent control to be extended on buildings built beyond 1995. It has caused rents to rise, evictions to increase and housing to become unaffordable all over the state. If it’s repealed, local municipalities such as San Francisco could strengthen rent control to help stop rent hikes and evictions. To send a letter in support of the repeal of Costa Hawkins, go to: http://tenantstogether.org/campaigns/repeal-costa-hawkins-rental-housing-act.  

  • City promises no displacement without comparable units for Bayview vets

    At the November 16 SF Planning Commission meeting, city representatives promised that none of the Bayview vets who live in Judy Wu properties will be displaced before comparable housing is found for them. The commissioners rejected the discretionary review that a tenant in one of the Judy Wu properties filed, asking that the commission not grant her permits to demolish the units the city says are illegal. Ms. Wu is accused of subdividing single family homes into illegal units and renting them to formerly homeless vets with VASH vouchers (federal subsidies for vets). She is being sued by the City Attorney’s Office. Trial is set to start in early February 2018. Meanwhile, she has been pressured to demolish the illegal units that cannot be legalized under current city law, something she says she doesn’t want to do. Housing Rights Committee supported a legislative fix to allow the units to be legalized, but Bayview supervisor Melia Cohen ultimately rejected the idea. The city has enlisted the help of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Services to help in finding comparable housing for those displaced by the demolition of their units.

  • Statewide tenants conference

    About 450 tenants from across the state of California gathered at Alameda High School in the city of Alameda on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 to learn from each other and to strategize on key tenant issues, including the repeal of Costa Hawkins, a law that restricts the implementation of vacancy control and stronger tenant protections.

  • No Ellis Act at 3039-41 California!

    We’re fighting an Ellis Act at 3039-3041 California where long-time tenants are at threat of eviction by their new landlord. This building is home to some of the few black, senior and disabled female tenants who have managed to remain in their homes – this is not okay!!! Can you help us get to 350 signatures by Friday??? Join the fight by signing and sharing the linked petition below.        https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/no-ellis-act-at-3039-3041-california-street

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