German Landlord’s Policies Protested

THC joins tenants, workers, and other local organizations to protest the substandard living and working conditions inside Kaussen’s properties.


Tenderloin Properties of Kaussen’s Keep Shrinking

The once vast U.S. holdings of West German real estate tycoon Guenther Kaussen, one of San Francisco’s most complained about landlords, have shrunk significantly because of his precarious position.


Troubled S.F. Landlord Kills Himself in Germany

Accused slumlord Guenter Kaussen committed suicide on April 15, 1995. He left behind millions in debt and lawsuits, many of which were put into limbo after his death.

Trigger Warning: Suicide


Did Kaussen Stash His Cash?

Kaussen’s death sends his estate scrambling to untangle his finances, leaving many in SF and abroad uncertain about the future of his debt and active lawsuits.

Trigger Warning: suicide


Last Post Hotel Tenant Won’t be Bought Off

Michael Brooke, the last tenant left at the Post Hotel, won’t take the owners money to move out. THC intercedes for Brooke – questions who the rooms will be rented out to after renovations.




Program Makes Room for Homeless

From September to November 1988 the Modified Payment Program housed 90 welfare recipients, with THC paying their pre-negotiated rent directly to hotel operators.


Residential Hotels Ordinance Amendments

Randy Shaw clarifies San Francisco’s Residential Hotel Ordinance amendments to The Examiner, saying it will ensure that residential hotel units are not rented to tourists in violation of city law. This after The Examiner claimed that the amendments would encourage harassing litigation by tenant groups.


Modified Payment Plan Filling Hotels

After only 6 months since the start of the Modified Payment Program, more than 900 clients were receiving permanent housing in 37 hotels participating in the Program.