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LGBTQ activist Cleve Jones battles steep rent hike in his apartment in SF’s Castro District

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A battle for tenants’ rights is brewing in San Francisco, where iconic LGBTQ activist Cleve Jones is fighting his landlord’s decision to stay in the Castro neighborhood apartment where he has lived for more than 10 years. ‘a decade.

“Don’t move, show grace,” chanted a crowd at Harvey Milk Plaza on Castro Street.

Dozens of tenant rights activists and city officials rallied on Sunday to support Cleve Jones, who says he is fighting a move by his building’s new landlord that would double his current monthly rent to more than $5,000 per month. Jones says her landlord is using a legal loophole to raise the rent, claiming the apartment is not her primary residence. Jones denies this, saying he owns a small house near the Russian River where he went during the COVID lockdown because he is immunocompromised. Instead of packing, Jones says he’s staying at the Castro.

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“I don’t know if I’m going to win this, I have no idea but leaving is not me,” Jones said.

“Today is not just about showing solidarity with Cleve, it is about the thousands of people across the city who have lived in their homes for decades and who are being harassed, evicted or evicted to force them to leave the community,” San Francisco said. Supervisor Dean Preston.

The San Francisco Rent Board may hold a hearing on the matter in the future. ABC7 News contacted Jones’ owner but did not hear back.

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