The newest features of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project’s ever-expanding website encourage the public to enter a San Francisco address to check whether it has an eviction history, and to pledge not to rent or buy units made available through no-fault displacement.
Released last week, the Pledge Against Eviction Map at www.antievictionmappingproject.net/pledge/, like the project’s recently released maps that include serial Ellis Act eviction areas and no-fault evictions near tech bus stops, draws from San Francisco Rent Board and Planning Department data.
It was an idea inspired from Irish tenants circa 1880 who protested what they considered unfair renting practices by English estate manager Capt. Charles Boycott.
“We are invoking that original meaning through our pledge site,” said Erin McElroy, a volunteer with the mapping project. “We wanted to design a platform that could be informative and act as a tool in boycotting landlords and speculators that have profited off of evicting tenants for no fault of their own.”
An upgraded version of the map is being developed so the public, in searching an address in San Francisco, can see if the landlord has evicted tenants in other properties.
According to the project’s research, roughly 40 percent of Ellis Act evictions since 1997 were carried out by serial evictors, landlords who have evicted tenants more than once.
The map currently isn’t being used for data collection but that feature could be developed in the future. It is targeted especially at people who are looking for housing in The City.
For those whose address searches indicate a prior eviction, McElroy said, “I suggest that you not move into that unit.”Anti-Eviction Mapping ProjectBay Area NewsneighborhoodsPlanning DepartmentSan Francisco Rent Board