Supervisors committee supports legislation to give relief to Ellis Act evicted tenants

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photoA large 'rent' banner is posted on the side of an apartment building on June 15

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photoA large 'rent' banner is posted on the side of an apartment building on June 15

Unemployment in San Francisco is down near pre-Great Recession levels, but not all residents are cheering. Many have been losing their homes from Ellis Act evictions and been forced to leave town amid an affordability crisis.

The increasing number of Ellis Act evictions, allowed under a state law allowing landlords to evict tenants to get out of the rental business, is among a series of impacts attributed to a rebounding city economy buoyed by a flourishing technology industry.

To bring relief to these evicted tenants — some who are seniors, long-term renters and on fixed incomes — The City will give them the first crack at city-subsidized housing units under legislation approved Monday by the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee.

“It’s important to do all that we can to protect the economic diversity of our city to make sure that everyone who wants to live here and who has had a stake in our city for decades gets to continue to live in San Francisco,” said board President David Chiu, who introduced the legislation.

Supervisor Scott Wiener said the legislation would also help relieve the anxiety of those who are currently living in rent-controlled apartments and worrying that at any moment they too will receive an eviction notice.

The legislation, which takes aim specifically at Ellis Act evictions, is welcomed by Ellis Act notice recipients such as retired City College of San Francisco teacher Marla Knight, who is losing her apartment on the 500 block of Lombard Street.

“I’ve been looking for housing,” said Knight, who is a volunteer tutor at the Telegraph Hill Community Center. “On my pension, I can’t afford anything in The City. I am on the waiting list for senior housing in Petaluma.”

The full Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the legislation today.Bay Area NewsDavid ChiuEllis Act evictionsGovernment & PoliticsLand Use and Economic Development CommitteePolitics

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

After the pandemic hit, Twin Peaks Boulevard was closed to vehicle traffic, a situation lauded by open space advocates. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
New proposal to partially reopen Twin Peaks to vehicles pleases no one

Neighbors say closure brought crime into residential streets, while advocates seek more open space

Members of the Sheriff’s Department command staff wore masks at a swearing-in ceremony for Assistant Sheriff Tanzanika Carter. One attendee later tested positive. 
Courtesy SFSD
Sheriff sees increase in COVID-19 cases as 3 captains test positive

Command staff among 10 infected members in past week

Rainy weather is expected in the coming week. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Rainstorms, potential atmospheric river expected to drench Bay Area in coming week

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation Multiple rainstorms, cold temperatures some… Continue reading

U.S. Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s powerful reading was among the highlights of Inauguration Day. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Inauguration shines light in this never-ending shade

Here’s to renewal and resolve in 2021 and beyond

Lowell High School is considered an academically elite public school. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Students denounce ‘rampant, unchecked racism’ at Lowell after slurs flood anti-racism lesson

A lesson on anti-racism at Lowell High School on Wednesday was bombarded… Continue reading

Most Read