These Parody Photos of SF “Rentals” Will Make You Laugh, Cry

By Alyssa Pereira

The rental situation in San Francisco is getting to be pretty absurd. The practices of landlords raising rent on longtime tenants and people getting Ellis Act-ed have become commonplace, and things don’t really seem to be getting any easier. Photographer Scot Hampton is pissed, so he put together a photo essay parodying the ridiculous turn of the real estate market in San Francisco.

He got the idea initially a couple months ago, reading the Ellis Act Evictions Map a fellow artist created, and a few weeks later, he went down to the hardware store to buy up a few “For Rent” signs, and started shooting. Then he posted this on Craigslist.

Here are a few choice pics from his essay—head over to his project’s site to view all the pictures in SF For Rent, and keep on the lookout for his future Anti-Eviction projects.

(Photo by Scot Hampton)

(Photo by Scot Hampton)

Waterfront Condo – $5000

Waterfront condo in the highly desirable, up-and-coming mid-Market area. Luxurious living at its finest! Enjoy the sounds and smells of the UN Plaza fountain as you relax in your condo after a hard day of complaining about the homeless. Close to public transportation, Civic Center Farmers Market, @Twitter, the @Tenderloin and several aggressive seagulls. 33 SQ. FT. Utilities not included, nor available.


(Photo by Scot Hampton)

(Photo by Scot Hampton)

Garden Penthouse Studio – $7350

Garden penthouse studio in mid-Market area. Light and Airy! You’ll enjoy the fresh breezes of Market street as they blow through your perfectly manicured and landscaped garden. Coveted mid-market area, close to shops and right on the major Muni and BART lines. Landscaping included. Utilities not included.


(Photo by Scot Hampton)

(Photo by Scot Hampton)

Studio Container – $2000

Container living in SOMA! All the rage, modern container living right in SOMA! Studio container with open floor plan, built-in bench and rooftop garden. Close to SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Gardens, shops and public transportation. Utilities not included. Please DO NOT DISTURB current tenant!

(Photo by Scot Hampton)

(Photo by Scot Hampton)

Basement 1 BR – $3500

Spacious basement apartment. Classic architecture; very Romanesque and gothic! Arched interiors! Close to public transportation. PG&E not included. Not ADA-compliant; requires the use of a ladder for entry.

(Photo by Scot Hampton)

(Photo by Scot Hampton)

Cozy “Studio” – $4100

Cozy “studio” with skylights right in the heart of the rapidly redeveloping mid-Market area. Daily housekeeping included! Right on several major Muni lines, and close to BART. Perfect for the daily commuter. Utilities not included. .83 SQ. FT.


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