San Francisco Bay Area Tenant Resources


San Francisco Eviction Defense Collaborative

If you have received an Unlawful Detainer Lawsuit (summons and complaint) and cannot afford a private attorney, go here immediately! No number, it’s drop-in only.
Please note that you only have five days to respond to the complain. Do not wait! Seek legal help immediately upon receiving a summons and complaint!

1338 Mission St, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco Tenants Union

Provides counseling to San Francisco Tenants only. No landlords and no counseling for master tenants seeking information on how to evict subtenants.

558 Capp St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-6622

San Francisco Rent Board

Agency in charge of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance. They can answer many questions about the rent ordinance as well as provide necessary petitions to contest rent increases, decreases in service, etc. Call them to find out if your unit is covered by the Rent Ordinance.

25 Van Ness Ave, Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94102-6033
(415) 252-4602

Housing Rights Committee

Offers counseling on tenants’ rights issues.

1663 Mission/13th, Suite 504
(415) 703-8644

Causa Justa

Tenant rights advocacy and information.

Mission District: 2301 Mission St, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94110
Bayview District: 2145 Keith St
San Francisco, CA 94124

Eviction Free San Francisco

Direct action group dedicated to stopping evictions in San Francisco.


East Bay Community Law Center

2921 Adeline St
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 548-4040

Oakland Eviction Defense Center

(Serving Oakland, Berkeley and other Alameda county communities)

1611 Telegraph Ave, #726
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 452-4541

Oakland Tenants Union

(510) 704-5276

Causa Justa

Tenant rights advocacy and information.

West Oakland: 3268 San Pablo Avenue (corner of 33rd st)
Oakland, CA 94608
East Oakland: 9124 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94603
(510) 763-5877

Oakland Rent Adjustment Program (Rent Board)

250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5313
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-3015
TDD: (510) 238-3254

Berkeley Rent Board

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

Berkeley Tenants Union


Tenants Together

995 Market St, Suite 1202
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 495-8100

CalTenantLaw is a great self-help resource for all California tenants. It contains a ton of helpful information, including references to state laws and case law, as well as suggestions on how to get back your security deposit.

California Department of Consumer Affairs

Great information applicable statewide. Note that greater protections may exist for tenants in communities with rent ordinances. Always check with your local rent board, if one exists.