Supervisor David Campos will introduce legislation this afternoon that would require landlords in San Francisco who evoke the Ellis Act to pay evicted tenants the difference between their current rent and a comparable market rate unit, times twenty-four.
Currently, the city requires building owners to pay each tenant evicted under the Ellis Act $5,261 in relocation fees, with a cap of $15,783 per unit. Disabled or elderly tenants receive an extra $3,508. The amounts are adjusted annually for inflation, and half must be paid at the time an eviction notice is served, the other half once the tenant moves out.
Under Campos’ proposal, the difference between a unit’s monthly rent and a “comparable” unit would be determined by the city controller’s office, multiplied by 24 months and divided among the evicted tenants. An evicted tenant would receive either the $5,261 or the difference in rent, whichever is more.
Likely to be challenged in the courts should it pass, Campos is positioning the proposed legislation as an act “to combat displacement” rather than to discourage the use of the Ellis Act which is state law.