Ellis Act Reform Bill Survives After All

 

We reported yesterday that the state Assembly had dashed hopes for Ellis Act reform, but SF Gate reports today that after the 19-18 against moving forward with Mark Leno’s reform bill, last minute bargaining has resuscitated the bill.  The legislations would require owners to hold a building for five years before carrying out any Ellis Act evictions.

…. Leno promised to make several key amendments Thursday to garner the 21 votes needed to keep the bill afloat before a Friday deadline.

The yet-to-be-written amendments would exempt one or two small properties owned by “mom-and-pop” landlords from new Ellis Act restrictions and may also include a sunset date for the bill. READ MORE

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5 Comments

  1. Frank

    If this becomes law, won’t it raise the value of buildings delivered vacant and/or significantly lower the value of those with low paying, long term tenants? Won’t this create a strong incentive to evict before selling?

  2. John

    But the concessions that Leno has made to squeak this through create massive loopholes. Essentially anyone who owsn two building can immediately Ellis them right after buying them,

    Then their wife can own two different buildings and Ellis those.

    And my brother can own another two and Ellis those.

    Then there could be partnerships and corporations owning others.

    Few developers Ellis several buildings simultaneously anyway, so the main impact of this will be artificial changes of ownership to create an “arm’s length” between the set of related owners. Bingo, Leno’s bill is rendered moot.

    Of course, without that concession, his bill is dead. But with this concession, it’s almost useless.

  3. Kaliman

    Any small step to dismantle/change the Ellis Act as it currently stands is a small victory. We’ll look for the next step.

    • John

      You only get occasional shots at changing a State law, so the fact that this attempt has been watered down means you have to accept to no further changes for a few years.

      There are not many Ellis evictions anyway and you would get a better return on efforts elsewhere. The State has drawn a line in the sand for how far municipalities can go in imposing on property rights and that has been reiterated here.

      I see this as a victory for fundamental freedoms and rights.

  4. Chris

    Please. Stop displaying that statistically misleading chart. It’s embarrassing.

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