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Non-Profit Organizations and Other Resources for San Francisco Tenants

Education and access to information are the best protection for tenants. There are a number of non-profits that provide legal counseling for tenants. The San Francisco Tenant’s Union and Housing Rights Committee provide walk-in counseling hours to tenants. They can help you write or respond to a letter from your landlord or answer questions about your situation.

If you have been served an eviction lawsuit you need to get help right away. In San Francisco tenants have a right to free legal representation in defense of evictions. The Eviction Defense Collaborative provides eviction defense services. As does Legal Assistance to the Elderly. Think your landlord is doing something illegal? Want a building inspector to look at your apartment? These resources may be able to help or at least get you started.

San Francisco-Based Housing Organizations

Asian Law Caucus

55 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 896-1701 (phone)
(415) 896-1702 (fax)

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach

1121 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 562-6255 (phone)


Chinatown Community Development Center

663 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 984-2728


San Francisco Bar Association: Justice and Diversity Center

301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 477-2377


San Francisco Tenants Union

558 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110


SF Bar Assoc. Lawyer

Information & Referral Service
(415) 989-1616

East Bay Housing Organizations

Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board

2125 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-7368


Oakland Tenants Union

P.O. Box 10573
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 704-5276


If you’re currently living in San Francisco and need to file a complaint or are looking to research the background of your building or landlord, the following are great resources.

San Francisco Departmental Resources

Children’s Environmental Health Promotion Program (incl. lead hazards)

1390 Market Street, Suite 210
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-3956

Dept. of Building Inspection

Housing Inspection Division
(Permits of Occupancy and
Inspections/Code Violations)
1660 Mission Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 558-6220

DBI Permit Filing and Routing

Certificates of Occupancy
1660 Mission Street, 1st Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 558-6087

Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing

Bay Area Regional Office
39141 Civic Center Dr., Suite 250
Fremont, CA 94538
(800) 884-1684

Dept. of Fire Prevention & Investigation

Inspection, Permit & Violation History Records (for property & environ­mental site assessments)
(415) 558-3300

District Attorney’s Office

Consumer Fraud Unit
(415) 553-1814 or
(415) 551-9595

SF City Attorney’s Office

Code Enforcement Division
1390 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-3977 (Hotline VM)

Awards & Associations

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