San Francisco Tenant Rights and Resources

Before you rent a place, or even if you are already renting, become familiar with tenant rights and the resources specific to your city and state that are available to assist you.

Research your San Francisco Apartment

San Francisco Property Information Map – Type in an address in San Francisco to find out about zoning information, building permits, complaints and more.

General Information for San Francisco Residents

Official Website for the City and County of San Francisco– Frequently updated with resources, programs, initiatives, events and more. Need to report a non-emergency? Use SF311! Dial 3-1-1 or visit

Renting | San Francisco – Tenant Resources, eviction help, and renting affordable housing

Better Business Bureau – Helps you find businesses and brands in your area that you can trust

Tenants Issues in San Francisco

San Francisco Housing Inspection and Code Enforcement – This department inspects buildings for code compliance in residential housing under building permits or as a result of complaints and inspects apartments and hotels. Find out how to file a complaint here: Filing a Complaint

San Francisco Tenants Union – Provides important tenant’s rights information including rent control, evictions, roommates, landlord issues, etc.

San Francisco Rent Board – Offers information regarding your rights as a renter, the rights of the landlord, and other important things to know when renting a property in SF.

Legal Resources for San Francisco

Bay Area Legal Aid – Provides free legal services to low income individuals. Services include legal advice pertaining to housing and public benefits.

Eviction Defense Collaborative – Helps low-income tenants respond to eviction lawsuits, and provides emergency legal services and rental assistance.

Housing Equality Law Project – Offers free consultations and investigates claims of housing discrimination on behalf of individuals and organizations.

Disclaimer: Off Campus Housing and Support Services provides information to Northeastern University students, faculty and staff members solely as a courtesy. Northeastern does not endorse any of the housing options listed. Northeastern University accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of housing listings with the office. Contact with persons listed herein must be conducted independently and at your own risk.  The university does not screen, recommend, vouch for, or take responsibility for the condition or safety of housing arrangements made by students.


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