The San Francisco Chronicle reports today that District 9 Supervisor David Campos will propose Tuesday that owners who evict tenants under the Ellis Act subsidize their rent for two years. Under the Ellis Act owners evict all of the tenants in a building and then often sell the building.
The proposal would impact evictions under the Ellis Act, a state law that allows property owners to kick out tenants if they want to take a building off the rental market.
Between March 2012 and February 2013, 116 households in San Francisco were evicted using the Ellis Act, a practice tenants rights groups say is being used by real estate speculators to clear buildings of mostly low-income families and residents so they can make more money when they sell those units.
“The main objective is to recognize that while landlords have the right under the Ellis Act to evict people, jurisdictions like San Francisco have not only a right but an obligation to mitigate the impacts of those evictions,” Campos said. “This is the best way to allow people evicted to stay in San Francisco.”