Rent control advocates tussle with realtors

By Laura Wenus : missionlocal – excerpt (includes video)

When a dozen or so tenant rights advocates arrived on the doorstep of the San Francisco Association of Realtors on Thursday morning carrying signs and a megaphone, one immediately clashed at the door with a member of the association with each pushing the other until a staffer was able to pull the door shut.

“This is private property!” the man from inside the building insisted.

“Thank you so much,” a few protesters called back sarcastically.

Meanwhile, around the corner from the entryway, two more protesters had set up a ladder and were taping letters over the Realtors sign, so that it now read “Evictors Association.”…

“All of the ways that we can actually build affordable housing, they are fighting,” said Deepa Varma, executive director of the Tenants Union and one of the activists standing in front of the Realtors Association Thursday morning…

Statewide, realtors have resisted overturning both Costa-Hawkins and the Ellis Act

We’re making sure the general public knows who they can’t trust,” she said… (more)

Actions you can take if you want to help overturn Costa Hawkins and let the cities choose how they want to manage local rentals.


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