Andrew Stelzer | KALW

Andrew Stelzer

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Last year, more than 1,600 San Francisco renters received eviction notices. Some of them fought back in court, but many — even those who had a good case — gave up and moved out because they didn’t know their legal rights.

 

San Francisco’s Proposition F would ensure free legal representation to anyone in San Francisco facing eviction.

 

You know how when someone gets arrested, the police tell them they have a right to an attorney and if they can’t afford one, one will be provided for them? Well, that’s true all across the country, but only if that person is facing criminal changes.

If you’re in eviction court — which is civil, not criminal — there’s no free lawyer.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing California’s affordable housing crisis. Nearly one-third of renters spend more than 50% of their income on housing.