Resources – Chinese

TENANT COUNSELING ORGANIZATIONS

SECTION 8 TENANT COUNSELING

RESOURCES FOR SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY (SRO) TENANTS

LEGAL REPRESENTATION

CITY RESOURCES

LOCAL AND STATE LAW

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TENANT COUNSELING ORGANIZATIONS:

CHINATOWN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER (CDCC)
663 Clay Street
How to See a Counselor: Drop-in tenants rights clinic Mondays from 2-4pm & Thursdays 10:30am-2:30pm
Housing Counseling Hotline: 415-984-2728
Leave your name, phone number and a counselor will return your call.
Languages: Chinese, English

HOUSING RIGHTS COMMITTEE OF SF (HRCSF)
Mission District Office:
1663 Mission, #504 (cross street is 13th)
415-703-8644
Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese
How to See a Counselor:
Drop-in and telephone counseling:
Monday through Thursday, 1-5pm

Richmond District Office:
4301 Geary Blvd. @ 7th Avenue
Phone: 415-947-9085
How to See a Counselor:
Counseling 9am – 12pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Languages: English, Russian, Chinese
Cost: Free / donations welcome. Please bring in proof of income (pay stub, SSI or food stamp card, etc.).
Section 8 Tenant Counseling: email or call for an appointment
Email: William@hrcsf.org
415-703-8634 ext. 108
Notes:  For additional counseling info, visit: http://www.hrcsf.org/counseling.html

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SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY TENANTS (SRO):

CHINATOWN SRO COLLABORATIVE
663 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
How to See a Counselor: Drop-in tenants rights clinic Mondays from 2 – 4pm and Tuesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm.
Housing Counseling Hotline: 415-984-2728
Please leave your name, phone number and a counselor will return your call promptly.
Languages: Chinese, English

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LEGAL REPRESENTATION:

EVICTION DEFENSE COLLABORATIVE (EDC)
1338 Mission Street; 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
How to Obtain Legal Services: Drop-in Clinic Monday – Friday, 9-11 AM & 1-3 PM
Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese
Cost: Fee based on sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Notes: If you have been served with a “Summons & Complaint for Unlawful Detainer” bring all your paperwork immediately to the Eviction Defense Collaborative.
TENDERLOIN HOUSING CLINIC (THC)
126 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
415-885-3286
How Obtain Legal Services: Tenants seeking assistance should contact 415-771-9850 for an intake phone interview to determine whether a THC attorney will represent the tenant.
Notes: Due to limited resources, THC cannot represent everyone who seeks assistance, and we focus on representing long-term rent controlled tenants. The law office also provides limited free legal counseling to tenants.ASIAN LAW CAUCAS
55 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 896-1701
How Obtain Legal Services: To schedule an appointment, call: 415-896-1701, press ‘0’.
Bring your ID, proof of income, and any documents related to your questions.
Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, English
Cost: Free
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CITY RESOURCES:
SAN FRANCISCO RENT BOARD
25 Van Ness Ave., Suite 320 (@ Market Street)
(415) 252-4602
How to See a Counselor: Counseling hours Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – Noon & 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Phone counseling: 415-252-4602 – calls are generally limited to 5 minutes.
See a counselor at the Rent Board –visits generally limited to 10 minutes.
Cost: Free
Notes: There are several types of claims that a tenant may assert against his or her landlord by filing a Tenant Petition at the Rent Board.
These include:
Substantial Decrease in Housing Services;
Failure to Repair and Maintain;
Unlawful Rent Increase or Request for Determination of Lawful Rent;
Improper Utility Passthrough;
Improper Water Revenue Bond Passthrough;
Improper General Obligation Bond Measure Passthrough;
Failure to Discontinue a Capital Improvement Passthrough;
Section 6.15C(3) Proportional Rent Claim by a Subtenant Against a Master Tenant
Unlawful Initial Rent Claim by a Subtenant.

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LOCAL AND STATE LAW:
THE SF RENT ORDINANCE – Chapter 37 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, The Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance

CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE on Housing

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