San Francisco Tenants: if you can’t pay rent right now, you may be protected from eviction… but those protections aren’t automatic. Stay connected and informed!
Mayor London Breed signed a moratorium on most evictions during the state of emergency, but tenants must follow certain steps to be protected. If you cannot pay your rent, you must send a letter to your landlord and provide documentation of your loss of income. You will be responsible for paying the rent within 6 months. For more information on the partial eviction moratorium, timelines, and a sample letter to send to your landlord, click here.
OTHER CHANGES IN TENANT PROTECTIONS
Eviction Court: As of 3/18/2020, the SF Superior Court is not processing new eviction lawsuits for at least 90 days, which means a landlord can’t file the court paperwork for an eviction, except for in the case of evictions resulting from violence, threats of violence, or health and safety issues. The ACCESS Center and Small Claims courts are also closed until at least 4/15/2020.
Sheriff Evictions: As of 3/16/2020, the San Francisco Sheriff’s office is not executing eviction orders until further notice.
SROs: On March 10th, the Department of Public health ordered that Residential hotels are required to clean all common areas and frequently touched surfaces (including shared bathrooms, kitchens, lobbies, doorknobs, light switches, etc.) at least once per day and more as needed. They must provide hand sanitizers in all common gathering areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, computer lounge, and provide soap in a dispenser in all communal sinks. They must keep a compliance log for all common areas - a log that records areas cleaned, date, time, and cleaning staff initials. The minimum cleaning standards can be found here.
For a resource guide created by the Mission SRO Collaborative for SRO tenants right now (including more information about the order), click here.