Tenants seeking assistance with housing problems may find the following websites helpful. These websites consist of government organizations and non-profit groups aimed at protecting tenant rights.
SAN FRANCISCO RENT BOARD
* This is a San Francisco governmental agency created to ensure the protection of San Francisco’s tenants from excessive rent increases, unlawful evictions and tenants’ harassment.
SAN FRANCISCO TENANTS UNION
* This is a San Francisco based private, non-profit organization aimed at protecting tenant’s rights. It includes information on rent control and eviction protections, condominium and TIC conversions, habitability and repair rights, Ellis Act and owner move-in rights, and tenants’ rights in foreclosures. This website includes information regarding free drop-in clinics to counsel tenant’s with problems.
* Tenants Together is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of California tenants to safe, decent and affordable housing. As California’s only statewide renters' rights organization, Tenants Together works to improve the lives of California’s tenants through education, organizing and advocacy. Tenants Together seeks to galvanize a statewide movement for renters’ rights.
EVICTION DEFENSE COLLABORATIVE
* The Eviction Defense Collaborative is a San Francisco based organization which provides legal counseling to tenants during the eviction process. They can assist in preparing a response to a lawsuit, limited representation at a settlement conference, and preparation of requests for delays of a sheriff's eviction. The Eviction Defense Collaborative also offers a renter’s assistance program which provides a one-time, no-interest loan to tenants at risk of losing their home and becoming homeless.
VOLUNTEER LEGAL SERVICES OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BAR
* VLSP is a volunteer-based “pro bono” legal aid program that provides free assistance with civil legal matters to low income clients living in the Sacramento region. Since 1981, through the generous help of thousands of volunteers from the Sacramento area legal community, VLSP has been providing assistance to clients with bankruptcy, debt collection problems, guardianships of children, employment problems, criminal records expungement and other civil legal matters.
AIDS LEGAL REFERRAL PANEL
* ALRP helps people living with HIV/AIDS maintain and improve their health by resolving their legal issues. ALRP’s entire mission is dedicated to providing free and low-cost legal assistance and education on virtually any civil matter to persons living with HIV/AIDS. This includes such areas as housing, employment, insurance, confidentiality matters, family law, credit, government benefits or public accommodations. This is accomplished through either direct representation of clients by one of ALRP’s five attorneys or by careful placement of clients with one of ALRP’s 700 panel attorneys.