For Immediate Release:
Monday, February 5th, 2018
Contact: Jen Snyder (510) 367-1984
Tenant Right to Counsel Initiative Officially Qualifies for June Ballot
Earlier today, the San Francisco Department of Elections confirmed that the No Eviction Without Representation initiative has officially qualified for the June ballot. The announcement came after the Department’s review of petition signatures presented by a coalition of community groups, neighborhood leaders, and senior advocates on January 26. Supporters submitted more than double the number of signatures required, weeks ahead of the filing date, in a show of strength that has characterized the campaign to make San Francisco the first city in California to guarantee tenants facing eviction a right to counsel. That head start earned the initiative a spot on the ballot at a time when other campaigns are still scrambling to collect and submit the signatures they need to qualify.
The No Eviction Without Representation ballot measure would give all San Francisco tenants facing eviction the right to legal representation. The measure follows a similar effort last summer in New York City which became the first city in the nation to provide a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.
“It’s time to level the playing field between landlords and tenants,” said Dean Preston, a longtime tenant rights advocate and the proponent of the ballot measure, adding, “We need a right to counsel to protect San Francisco tenants from unfair evictions.”
Currently, in eviction proceedings in San Francisco, most tenants have no legal representation. San Francisco is going through the worst affordability crisis in the country, with residents facing eviction by the thousands and the homeless population skyrocketing.
With widespread and growing support among mayoral candidates, city leaders, organizations and residents, No Eviction without Representation is likely to pique the interest of many potential voters in the upcoming June election.