SFADC COVID-19 Tenant Information and Resources




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TENANT RIGHTS INFORMATION

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.

Ban on Rent Gouging: Under state law, excessive rent increases are illegal during a state of emergency.  Currently, it is illegal for any landlord to charge (or advertise) rents 10% or above what they were charging before February 10, even if you do not have rent control.  It is also illegal for a landlord to evict tenants and then re-rent the vacated unit at a higher rent than what the evicted tenant was paying. Use this Tenants Together sample letter if you received a notice of increase above 10% after the February 10th Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Utilities:
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission won’t cut-off power and water services due to non-payment right now, and they will waive late fees on overdue payments.

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.