San Francisco Rent Increase Hardship Appeals, Proposition F (June 2010)
Proposition F, if approved by voters, will allow 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 apply to postpone scheduled rent increases if:
- They are unemployed.
- Their income declines by 20% or more.
- They are on a fixed income (as with the case of Social Security recipients)
- More than a third of their income goes to pay for rent.
Proposition F is 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 says, "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 is opposed to Proposition F, and so are San Francisco Supervisors Elsbernd and Chu, the San Francisco Association of Realtors, the San Francisco Republican Party and Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods.
Newsom says 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 argues 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."
- 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, "Prop. 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