Photographer Snaps Satirical Shots of S.F.'s Rent Crisis

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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.

Whether it be the continuing topic of the magisterial tech and start-up industries, the doomed music scene, or victims of the Ellis Act, when it comes to rent in San Francisco the conversations are endless. Most news that surrounds the dialogue shares serious anecdotes and legitimate complaints. Photographer Scot Hampton, however, discerned an opportunity for humor, which he has captured in his mockery of the skyrocketing rent phenomena in San Francisco.

In "SF: For Rent," Hampton's latest photo essay, he snaps photos of "For Rent" signs juxtaposed with small, unlivable public spaces. Hampton tacks these "For Rent" signs (with ludicrous rental costs written on them) to a dumpster, a manhole, and a garbage can, among other dilapidated quarters, to showcase the grotesque amounts people pay to live in a shit-hole-of-a space.

Hampton, S.F. resident since '05, says he was away for work in 2011, and when he returned, rent prices escalated tremendously. Since, the situation has only gotten worse.

"I started seeing the hilarious craigslist adds that pop up on blogs about people renting out their couches for $1,000, or closet -- some small place in their apartments -- for ungodly amounts," Hampton says. "That's where the impetus for the idea came about."

Hampton went as far as to create a Craigslist add with one of his photos. The funny thing is, it hasn't been flagged or taken down.

Check out a few photos below, and visit his site to see more.

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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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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.

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Scot Hampton
Studio Loft - $3000 Government housing. Section 8 OK! Studio loft with vaulted ceiling! Located in Financial District, near Market street. Close to shops, food and public transportation. 2.17 SQ. FT. Utilities not included.

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Scot Hampton
Quaint Inlaw Unit - $2100 Quaint Inlaw unit with open floor plan. Right on several major Muni lines. Close to UN Plaza, in highly desirable mid-Market area. 1.35 SQ. FT. Daily housekeeping included!

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Scot Hampton
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/apa/4373944761.html

Even if rent costs is no joking matter, you could at least admit how painful it is that these photos hit so close to home.

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11 comments
MG Spunky Gaenicke
MG Spunky Gaenicke

Moving in SF is an adventure. ;) For some it's the equivalent of a down payment on a condo elsewhere...Welcome to sF...

Lala Bean
Lala Bean

Okay so you don't have enough money to move and you don't have enough money for rent and to live in one of the top 3 most expensive places in the United States. Here's how you do it, you put your pride aside and you take a bus azan Greyhound to ever you can. You contact family and friends to help you and if you don't have any you may want to look at yourself and find out why. Next, you may want to live just outside San Francisco we're across a little less unless you worry about your safety. Next, I guarantee the majority of the people that are having a hard time paying rent have no problem buying pot, cigarettes, and alcohol and going out clubbing all the time and spending money. As well as going out to eat. There are services that will help you if you are in a bad situation such as a glide. It sucks, I used to be on a food card, I moved out of state because I had to face the fact that I couldn't afford to live there anymore. I had a good friend buy my plane ticket and I paid him back within a month. You can also sell your belongings. Surely must have something that can pay for your plane ticket. When I moved out of San Francisco I moved in with my friend who had several roommates. I live in the smallest room but I rushed it out and now I have my finances together. Nobody helps me but myself and I am female. I don't have a man to pay my bills

Saavik Wilcox-Hamilton
Saavik Wilcox-Hamilton

Lala Bean, have you ever considered that people do not have money to move? Let them eat cake, right?

Tami Page
Tami Page

SF just surpassed NY in the most spency place to live in the US;(

Lala Bean
Lala Bean

Why live in the most expensive city in the u.s next to Los Angeles and New York? The rent is ridiculous so leave

Bob Beymer
Bob Beymer

I DON'T consider high rent and gentrification funny at all! :(

Jeremy Baker
Jeremy Baker

Ha ha! Look at the peasants fighting over which dumpster to live in!

sawyerandrewj
sawyerandrewj

Supply and Demand is a crazy thing isn't it....(her point was people living outside their means I believe btw). Their are plenty of good people/NPO's/assistance programs to take you to a place where you can find a job/money/housing if you are willing to take it.  Just because you don't want to doesn't mean someone else should pay for you to stay where you "want to".

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