Articles Recently Tagged: Evictions

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Two-Year Payouts For Evicted Tenants In SF Ruled Unconstitutional

San Francisco’s recently adopted law which requires landlords in San Francisco who invoke the Ellis Act to pay their evicted tenants an upfront sum equal to the difference between their current rent and a similar market-rate unit over the course of two years has been ruled unconstitutional and struck down by  U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer. From Read More »

Law To Regulate Tenant Buyouts In SF: Seven Key Things To Know

With tenants in rent controlled apartments reporting offers of up to $80,000 to vacate, and unreported offers of even more, a proposed law which would require the public disclosure and tracking of all tenant buyout agreements in San Francisco, and prohibit buildings which are emptied by way of a buyout from being condo converted, could be Read More »

Federal Judge Orders SF To Justify New Eviction Law Payments

A Federal judge has given The City of San Francisco until Friday to file a legal brief justifying The City’s newly adopted and accelerated law which requires landlords in San Francisco who invoke the Ellis Act to pay evicted tenants an upfront sum equal to the difference between their current rent and a similar market Read More »

Proposal To Regulate Tenant Buyouts, Penalize Those Who Do

As expected, the language for an ordinance which would require the public disclosure of all tenant buyout agreements in San Francisco, and prohibit buildings which are emptied by way of a buyout from being condo converted, has been drafted and proposed. Sponsored by Supervisors Campos and Avalos, if adopted, the “Tenant Buy-Out Agreements” ordinance would: Require landlords Read More »

Tenant Buyouts Are On The Rise In S.F., As Are The Dollars Involved

Tenant Buyouts Are On The Rise In S.F., As Are The Dollars Involved

The number of tenants in rent controlled apartments who received a buyout offer to vacate and sought counseling from the San Francisco Tenants Union has increased from 90 in 2007 to 175 in 2013. While the maximum offer reported to the Tenants Union was $80,000, the average offer was closer to $21,000 with a median Read More »

Landlords Suing To Overturn Payout For Evicted Tenants In S.F.

The San Francisco Apartment Association and Coalition for Better Housing are preparing to file a federal lawsuit today which seeks to overturn the newly adopted and accelerated city law which requires landlords in San Francisco who invoke the Ellis Act to pay evicted tenants an upfront sum equal to the difference between their current rent Read More »

Leno Abandons Bill To Curb Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco

Senator Mark Leno has decided not to pursue his proposed bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco. Drafted “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not buy rent-controlled property and empty it of long-term tenants,” Senate Bill 1439 was tentatively passed by the State Senate last month but then Read More »

Lease Prohibits Adding Roommates? Perhaps Not For Long

A proposed change to San Francisco’s Administrative Code would allow tenants to pack in more people into an apartment without the risk of an eviction or having to pay more. As proposed by Supervisor Avalos, an amendment to San Francisco’s Administrative Code would prohibit rent increases based on the addition of occupants, even where a pre-existing rental agreement Read More »

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions Amended, Key Exception Added

As promised, the language of Senator Mark Leno’s bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco has been amended.  And while the amendment might not be enough to get the bill passed into law, it would create a key exception for individuals if it does. Drafted “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not Read More »

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco Revived

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco Revived

Falling three votes short on Wednesday with only two days left to pass the bill to the State Assembly, Senator Mark Leno bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco appeared DOA but was revived when the bill was reconsidered and passed by the Senate in a 21-13 vote last night. Drafted “to Read More »

Bill To Freeze Speculative Evictions In SF Fails On Senate Floor

Bill To Freeze Speculative Evictions In SF Fails On Senate Floor

Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 1439 which seeks “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not buy rent-controlled property and empty it of long-term tenants” failed to clear the Senate Floor yesterday in a 18-19 vote.  A motion to reconsider the Bill was approved, however, and Leno will have two days to “flip” Read More »

Nations Oldest Black Bookstore Locked Out In San Francisco

Nations Oldest Black Bookstore Locked Out In San Francisco

Having fallen behind on the rent, the locks have been changed at Marcus Books in San Francisco, the nation’s oldest continuously operating and independent Black-owned and Black-themed bookstore, and the bookstore has been evicted from their Fillmore Street location which was designated a city landmark earlier this year. As a plugged-in reader wrote at the Read More »

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions In SF Headed To Senate Floor

Seeking “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not buy rent-controlled property and empty it of long-term tenants” and written to freeze Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco until a landlord has owned a building for at least five years, Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 1439 cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday in Read More »

Why SF Rent Board Stats Undercounted Evictions By 42% Last Year

A new analysis prepared for Supervisor Campos has determined that the effective number of eviction proceedings filed in San Francisco last year was 73 percent higher than reported to the City’s Rent Board, and that’s a number you’re likely to start hearing bandied about. The drivers of the difference between the 1,981 eviction notices reported Read More »

Two-Year Payout For Evicted Tenants Accelerated And Approved

Originally written to become operative 120 days after enactment, the legislation which will require landlords in San Francisco who evoke the Ellis Act to pay their evicted tenants an upfront sum equal to the difference between their current rent and a market rate unit over the course of two years has been amended to become Read More »