KQED reports on a Wednesday press conference in which city officials and others called for more funding for the Eviction Defense.
“The sad fact is that many people being evicted should not be evicted and would not be evicted if they had an attorney,” said Ted Gullickson of the San Francisco Tenants Union.
At Campos’ request, the city’s budget and legislative analyst prepared a report on the number of unlawful detainers in 2012 and 2013 that sheds more light on evictions in the city. An unlawful detainer is the stage in an eviction process when a tenant is summoned to appear in court.
Tenant activists say evictions of every kind are up, but the actual numbers haven’t been clear, due in part to what landlords are required to report to the rent board.
The budget analyst’s report says there were 3,423 unlawful detainer lawsuits filed in 2013, and 3,695 filed in 2012. Of those, only 17 percent of tenants had legal representation in 2013, and nearly 13 percent had lawyers in 2012. READ MORE.