Tom Ammiano introduces Ellis Act legislation in Sacramento

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Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, introduced a bill Friday that would enable California jurisdictions to put a moratorium on Ellis Act evictions if they have not met their housing needs, which most cities have not.

Under Assembly Bill 2405 the Board of Supervisors – or a public vote – could put into place such a moratorium.
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In addition, the law would hide no-fault evictions from tenant records or credit checks as well as lawsuits related to such evictions, and place such lawsuits on civil court calendars.

“San Francisco is seeing a terrible crisis,” Ammiano said. “The people who have made our city the diverse and creative place that it is are finding it harder and harder to stay in San Francisco. The rash of Ellis Act evictions has only made it worse.”

Another Ellis Act reform bill penned by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, was expected to be filed Friday as well, but the details remained unknown until a Monday announcement, according to a press release from the lawmaker’s office.

All that was mentioned in the release was that the bill will close loopholes in the law. 

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