CitiApartments seems unable to get a handle on its debt, and is facing round after round of foreclosures, losing dozens of properties at a time to the banks. Tenants who have fought back against eviction attempts, harassment, and insufficient maintenance have been key in showing Citi and other landlords that tenant harassment is NOT a viable business model in this city!
B E W A R E OF B U Y O U T S !
Who is Your Landlord?
One of San Francisco’s biggest landlords, CitiApartments/ Skyline Realty is buying up new buildings all over the city! They are notorious for driving out long term tenants in order to raise rents.
Their tactics include: harassing tenants, failing to do required repairs, fake eviction notices, illegal evictions, offering tenants small amounts of money to move out, and other unprincipled practices.
Have You Been Offered a Buyout?
CitiApartments wants as many long-term tenants out as possible, and they will often offer small amounts of money to tenants to entice them to leave. These offers are far less than the difference in rent tenants will pay when they move into another market-rate apartment in the city. Buyouts are illegal evictions.
Request in writing any offer CitiApartments makes you. Do not agree to anything in person or on the phone. If you have questions about whether an offer is fair, visit one of the tenant counseling organizations listed below. You do NOT have to accept any buyout offer. You do NOT have to move!
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself and Your Home?
Many tenants have successfully defended their homes by working together. Tenants have educated each other, won building-wide law suits, and improvements for their buildings.
If you are experiencing trouble with your new landlord, seek help from a counseling organization:
- SF Tenants Union, 558 Capp Street, counseling hours online at www.sftu.org or 415…
- St. Peters Housing Committee, 474 Valencia St., Rm. 156, 415-487-9203
- Housing Rights Committee, 427 So. Van Ness Ave., 415-487-9203