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New Law Could Radically Alter Who Gets Affordable Housing In S.F.

As it currently stands, affordable or ‘Below Market Rate’ housing units in San Francisco are allocated by lottery with preferences given to households that hold a rare Certificate of Preference or tenants who have recently been evicted by way of the Ellis Act.  And being a resident in the... Read More »

Bank Will No Longer Knowingly Finance Ellis Actors

Facing protests over their role in providing “displacement mortgages” to those who buy tenant-occupied buildings and then invoke the Ellis Act in order to flip the property or occupy it themselves sans tenants, First Republic Bank will now ask mortgage applicants if they intend to repurpose their target property... Read More »

Legislation Could Prohibit Evictions, Freeze Rents For Vacant Units

In addition to prohibiting rent increases or evictions based on adding new roommates to an existing tenancy, even when an existing lease specifically disallows new occupants or specifies an associated increase in rent, a proposed change to San Francisco’s Administrative Code would also prohibit landlords from raising the rent... Read More »

Evictions Are Up In San Francisco, As Are Reported Buyout Amounts

Over the past four months, tenants of 47 rent-controlled apartments in San Francisco have negotiated buyouts to vacate their units, with an average payout of $43,000.  The highest buyout was for $310,000. And in fact, the average buyout reported to the San Francisco Rent Board, as newly required by... Read More »

A Decade Of Evictions In San Francisco By District And Type

A Decade Of Evictions In San Francisco By District And Type

Over the past ten years, a total of 5,470 rent-controlled housing units have been cleared of tenants and removed from the rental market in San Francisco by way of no-fault evictions, including owner move-ins, Ellis Acts, condo conversions and demolitions. The greatest number of no-fault evictions, 764 or 14... Read More »

Legislation To Close Eviction ‘Loophole’ Drafted

The merger or absorption of a non-permitted apartment back into the square footage of an existing house, a tactic which has been employed to re-establish properties as single-family homes in order to circumvent rent control and effectively evict tenants by raising their rents to market rates (or more) in... Read More »

Early Warning System For Evictions Urged

While the details of how it would work or what it would accomplish have yet to be defined, San Francisco Supervisor Julie Christensen is urging the Mayor to create an “early warning system” for evictions in San Francisco. As proposed, a working group with participation from the Mayor’s Office... Read More »

Evicted Tenants In S.F. Could Get $50K To Buy A Condo Or House

An amendment which would require landlords to pay Ellis Act evicted tenants in San Francisco a relocation payment of up to $50,000, an amount which would be calculated as the difference between the tenants’ current rent and the market-rate rent for a similar unit over the course of two... Read More »

Ellis Act Legislation, And Rejection, Déjà Vu

For the third time, Senator Mark Leno’s proposed legislation to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco appears headed for defeat, as the Senate’s Housing Committee rejected Senate Bill 364 yesterday in a 6-5 first vote. As we wrote when SB364 was introduced earlier this year: Having fallen... Read More »

Battle Over Mid-Market Building And Tenant Evictions Take Two

Battle Over Mid-Market Building And Tenant Evictions Take Two

Illegally converted to “live-work” spaces over a decade ago, back when Mid-Market was a lot less desirable, San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection issued a notice to the owners of the seven-story Sterling Building at 1049 Market Street to either legalize the units or clear the building of residential... Read More »