Reacting to the recent rise in Ellis Act evictions of rent controlled tenants in San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor David Campos are in a race to draft proposed legislation making it more difficult to invoke the Ellis Act or even establish an outright moratorium on the evictions if possible.
Lee’s staff said the idea is to make Ellis Act evictions so expensive for property owners that there is little incentive to pursue them. Options include requiring additional permits or hearings or placing limits on the sale and resale of a property after an Ellis Act eviction.
Campos is drafting legislation that would make it much more difficult – and less attractive – for a landlord to remove a tenant through a buyout, in part by preventing the property owner from charging market rate in the future.
He is also working on a proposal that would substantially raise the relocation payments owners must give tenants in an Ellis Act eviction. The current payment in an Ellis Act eviction in San Francisco is about $5,200 per person.
And while landlords in San Francisco can currently offer tenants a cash buyout to vacate an apartment in order to circumvent the restrictions associated with an official eviction, Campos’ proposal “would require the city to track buyouts and place them under the category of “just cause/no fault” evictions, preventing the landlord from charging market rate to new tenants.”
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