Tenants testify about CitiApartments’ bad behavior
On Monday, May 12, 2008 at 1 PM, tenants from across San Francisco testified at the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee against CitiApartments, one of the biggest landlords in the San Francisco.
For the last three years CitiSTOP, a group of CitiApartment tenants and housing organizations, have demanded that CitiApartments be a responsible landlord, and on May 12 tenants got another chance to bring their concerns to City Hall.
Supervisor Chris Daly sponsored the hearing for CitiApartment tenants and their allies to voice their concerns, and tell their personal stories of how CitiApartments has affected them. Over 100 tenants came to testify at the hearing. CitiApartments bused in employees and may have compensated others to appear at the hearing in t-shirts that said “I support CitiApartments.” Only 3 testified in support of CitiApartments, though, while over 100 tenants came out to voice their complaints.
The City Attorney’s Office also gave a brief update about their pending lawsuit against CitiApartments because of their bad business tactics and treatment of tenants. It is scheduled to go to court in 2009.
Video coverage of the hearing is available by clicking here and following the link in the archives for the 5/12/08 Hearing Archive.
This hearing was requested by: Supervisor Chris Daly, CitiSTOP, The Queer Youth Organizing Project of Pride at Work, St. Peter’s Housing Committee, Tenderloin Housing Clinic and the SF Tenant’s Union
More description of the hearing & photos from the hearing (by Terrrie Frye) can be found here.