Displaced Tenant Housing Preference Program (DTHP)
The Displaced Tenant Housing Preference helps renters, displaced by no-fault eviction or fire, find new housing. It gives applicants higher priority in many housing lotteries.
You exercise your DTHP certificate once when you move in - to rent or to buy one unit.
You can claim a DTHP in two ways
If you were evicted in or after 2010
- Your landlord must have filed the eviction with the Rent Board as an Ellis Act or Owner Move In. Contact the Rent Board for confirmation »
- You must have received either:
- A Notice of Intent to Withdraw (NOI)
- An Eviction Notice which:
- States the reason for termination is to enable owner or relative move-in or
- References Section 37.9(a)(8) of the Rent Ordinance
- You are still eligible even if your landlord rescinds the eviction, if you already moved out.
- You don't need to be on the lease to be eligible.
If your unit was extensively damaged by fire
- You must have received a Fire Displacement Verification Form signed by a public safety official.
- You must prove that you cannot return to your unit within 6 months of the fire.
- You’ll need to add documents to your application that prove your residency. See the DTHP application for the document checklist.
Apply for DTHP
- Email: DTHPcertificate@sfgov.org
- Download the DTHP Frequently Asked Questions (English)
- Download the Lottery Preferences Manual to see full details about the DTHP program