Who rents and who owns?

Newly filed financial disclosures reveal some of San Francisco’s elected officials’ real estate holdings, shedding light on who owns versus rents a home, and who collects rent as a landlord.

While 61{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} of San Francisco’s residents are renters, only a quarter of the city’s top elected officials — Mayor London Breed and two of San Francisco’s 11 supervisors — rent their homes.

One of those renters also owns a house outside the city, while another supervisor shares ownership of a vacation home with family. One is a landlord who rents out three homes in San Francisco, and another owns a partial stake in an event space in the city and runs a bed-and-breakfast in El Salvador.

These financial details matter in part because supervisors and, to a lesser extent, Breed, wield enormous influence over housing policy in one of the country’s most expensive cities. Local officials make laws that decide how and where housing gets developed, place limits on evictions and sometimes even decide the fate of individual projects.

While city officials tend to agree on policies that provide added protections for tenants, progressive supervisors and the more moderate major have butted heads over housing development.