San Francisco Rent Increase Hardship Appeals, Proposition F (June 2010)
|Voting on Housing|
|Not on ballot|
Proposition F, if it had been approved, would have allowed renters who lose their jobs or have their wages cut to apply for a financial hardship deferral so that any rent increases they might otherwise face would be deferred.
Specifically, tenants could have applied to postpone scheduled rent increases if:
- They were unemployed.
- Their income declined by 20% or more.
- They were on a fixed income (as with the case of Social Security recipients)
- More than a third of their income went to pay for rent.
- These final, certified results are from the San Francisco County elections office.
Proposition F was supported by the San Francisco Tenants Union, the San Francisco Democratic Party and the Harvey Milk Club.
Ted Gullickson of the San Francisco Tenants Union said, "We're seeing a big increase of people struggling to deal with rent increases who face eviction for nonpayment of rent. This can help keep people in their home."
Mayor Gavin Newsom opposed Proposition F, and so did San Francisco Supervisors Elsbernd and Chu, the San Francisco Association of Realtors, the San Francisco Republican Party and Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods.
Newsom said that Proposition F was drafted in such a way that it allows renters to defer rent increases regardless of their total income. For example, if a tenant's income dropped from $200,000 to $150,000, that tenant would be able to defer rent increases under Proposition F's financial hardship provisions.
Newsom also argued that Prop F would encourage landlords to increase rents on vacant units to recoup lost money. A Newsom spokesperson said, "It’s reckless and it will hurt people it most seeks to help, which is low-income renters."
Newsom also maintained, through a spokesperson, that "It's another example of a measure that the board has slapped on the ballot without consulting the experts or the stakeholders, including the rent board."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Shall the City amend its Residential Rent Ordinance to add provisions for tenants to apply to the Rent Board to postpone most rent increases if they become unemployed, their wages decrease by 20% or more, or they do not receive a cost of living increase in their government benefits and those benefits are their sole income?|
- Official text of Proposition F
- Official ballot proposition list for San Francisco's June 8, 2010 election
- June 8, 2010 election results, San Francisco
- Beyond Chron, "June Ballot Measures Reflect City’s Political Fault Lines," March 24, 2010
- San Francisco Examiner, "Mayor Newsom goes after another initiative," March 1, 2010
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Proposition F offers S.F. renters 'hardship break'," June 1, 2010
- KCBS, "Newsom Criticizes Rent Measure on Ballot," March 2, 2010
- San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco's ballot measures," May 16, 2010
- San Francisco County elections office archive