Newsom plans foreclosure eviction bill

Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that he will introduce legislation to protect tenants from evictions following foreclosure proceedings.

Because of San Francisco’s rent control laws, which limit annual rent increases, tenants living in homes built before June 1979 cannot be evicted unless the landlord can show just cause for the eviction.

But under California law, homes built after June 1979 are unaffected by local rent control laws.

Supervisor John Avalos introduced legislation to protect tenants living in nonrent-controlled buildings from evictions unless the landlord can show just cause.

Seven of the board’s 11 supervisors voted to approve the legislation during its first reading last week, but Newsom said he will veto the bill.

In a 12-minute address posted Friday on YouTube, Newsom said Avalos’ legislation is “well-intended” but that it goes too far.

In the address, titled “Mayor Newsom's YouTube Update,” the mayor said he would introduce alternative legislation Tuesday that would protect tenants living in nonrent-controlled units from evictions if their home is foreclosed upon by a lender.

The legislation will protect tenants from the “predatory nature of banks” and “other circumstances” related to “macroeconomic challenges,” Newsom said.

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