San Francisco is in the midst of a housing crisis. In the last five years alone, 40,000 tenants have faced eviction in the city. The majority of evictions are served on at-risk tenants — low-income, elderly, or those who speak English as a second language, if at all. Since Prop F passed in 2018, every tenant facing eviction has the right to an attorney. But we must do more to protect tenants against landlords—and their agents—who break the law.
People who are evicted generally face a huge rent hike if they choose to stay in the city or, most likely, they become displaced, either to other parts of the Bay or onto the streets. In San Francisco, 71 percent of the unhoused people were formerly housed in our city — evictions are a primary cause of increasing homelessness.