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Lawsuit Troubles Trigger New Call for Affordable Housing at 16th and Mission
by Jose Rivano BarrosMIssion Local
August 24th, 2015
A legal dispute between the owner and the developer of market rate units in San Francisco's Mission District may create an opening for the development of affordable housing on the site.
Landlord in Ellis Eviction Files Claim Against Dead Tenant's Estate
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
August 21st, 2015
A landlord who inherited a property and sought to evict tenants under the Ellis Act filed a claim against a tenant who died during the eviction fight.
A Leading Voice on Urban Planning Debunks Housing Trickle-Down
by Peter Cohen48 Hills
August 19th, 2015
Peter Cohen argues that simply building more housing will not solve San Francisco's housing crisis. This is a response to Gerald Metcalf's July 20 article.
Two North Beach Tenants, Landlord Settle Ellis Act Eviction Dispute
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 18th, 2015
Two long-term tenants have settled with their new landlord, who is evicting them under the Ellis Act, claiming that she is going out of the rental business.
Landlady Caught in Legal Battle with Senior Tenants in San Francisco
by Vic LeeABC 7
August 17th, 2015
A landlady is evicting senior tenants from a building she inherited.
S.F. Landlord Evicting Seniors Who Helped Her Ailing Aunt
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 14th, 2015
A San Francisco landlord, who inherited her property from her aunt, is evicting two tenants who took care of the aunt before her death.
Residents of S.F.-Owned Apartments Balk at Rent Increase
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
August 13th, 2015
Rents are being increased at a city-owned apartment building, and some tenants are facing rent increases of several hundred dollars a month.
Tenants in San Francisco Fight Back against Nuisance Evictions
by Adam HudsonTruthout
August 11th, 2015
Landlords in San Francisco are using any excuse to attempt to evict rent-controlled tenants.
Mission Tenants Tell Another Sad Story of Harassment by Incoming New Landlord
by Jay BarmannSFist
August 10th, 2015
Tenants in the Mission District are being harassed by a speculator who doesn't yet own the building.
Yerba Buena Island Plan an Unwelcome Development for Some
by Lizzie JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
August 9th, 2015
Low-income tenants on Yerba Buena Island are being forced out to make way for a new development. They are being offered small relocation payments or housing on the much less desirable Treasure Island.
Longtime S.F. Tenants Fight City Move to Remodel Their Apartments
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 7th, 2015
Senior and disabled tenants are fighting a move by the City to remodel their apartments, claiming that the units don't need remodeling.
SF City Attorney Looking At Misuse of Affordable Housing Units
by Lizzie JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
August 6th, 2015
San Francisco's City Attorney is investigation San Francisco landlord, Angelo Sangiacomo, for illegally taking rent-controlled units off the market, and renting them as tourist units.
S.F. Tenants' Groups Fight 'Gotcha' Evictions
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 29th, 2015
Tenant groups in San Francisco are fighting evictions of rent-controlled tenants for reasons that are often silly or petty.
Landlords Behaving Badly: San Francisco Too Valuable for Poor People
by Carl FinamoreCounterPunch
July 28th, 2015
Landlords are taking whatever actions possible to remove tenants from their homes.
Western Addition Affordable Housing Complex Threatened with Potential Sale
Hoodline
July 28th, 2015
An affordable housing complex may be sold, threatening tenants who have lived their for decades with eviction.
San Francisco's Chinatown Residents Fear Evictions and Gentrification
by Stephanie Martin TaylorKQED
July 28th, 2015
Tenants in Chinatown are facing harassment and eviction, as landlords move to gentrify the neighborhood.
Does Supply Create Its Own Demand?
by William FultonCalifornia Planning and Development Report
July 27th, 2015
Building luxury housing may simply bring more consumers of such housing, rather than leading to greater affordability in the community. This is a response to Gerald Metcalf's article (July 20).
Blame Realtors for S.F.'s Housing Crisis
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
July 27th, 2015
Realtors bear the vast majority of responsibility for San Francisco's housing crisis. This is a response to Gerald Metcalf's article (July 20).
Why S.F. Evictions Are on the Rise
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 27th, 2015
Landlords forced to file buyout agreements with the rent board are instead choosing to try to evict their tenants. The average buyout would pay for only ten months' median rent in the City.
Housing Crisis Not the Fault of Progressives
by Mark HoganSan Francisco Examiner
July 26th, 2015
A San Francisco architect notes that affordable housing development was largely the work of progressives in local government there.
Yerba Buena Residents Fight Against Evictions Prompted by Development
by Bay City News ServiceSan Jose Mercury News
July 24th, 2015
Tenants on Yerba Buena are fighting to return to their homes after a proposed development is completed.
Progressives Didn't Cause the San Francisco Housing Crisis
by Robert Cruickshank Calitics
July 23rd, 2015
Robert Cruickshank responds the Gerald Metcalf's article (July 20), arguing that business-oriented politicians failed to develop affordable housing and are responsible for the housing crisis there. Opposition to development by progressives in the 1960s and 1970s was, in fact, opposition to displacement of minority communities, not to affordable housing.
What's the Matter With San Francisco?
by Gerald MetcalifCity Lab
July 23rd, 2015
SPUR President Gerald Metcalf argues that San Francisco progressives are responsible for the housing crisis there.
S.F. Rent-Controlled Apartments Lost As Fast As New Ones Are Built
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 13th, 2015
Rather than adding to the City's affordable housing stock, new affordable units are barely replacing those lost as state laws enable landlords to remove rent-controlled units from the City's affordable housing stock.
It's Divisadero's Turn, with Condos Proposed for Car Wash Site
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 6th, 2015
Developers of a condominium project are trying to avoid having to incorporate sufficient affordable housing into the project.
In Surprise Move, Planning Commission May Seek to Halt Some Mission Housing
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
July 3rd, 2015
The Planning Commission will look at a moratorium on the construction of market-rate housing in San Francisco's Mission District.
Families Pack Up as S.F. Rents Keep Rising
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
June 27th, 2015
Families with children are particularly threatened in the affordability crisis in San Francisco, as single-family homes are exempted from rent control protections under Costa-Hawkins. At the time the law was passed, Jim Costa argued that it would protect families.
Tenant Bootcamps Excite S.F. Renters
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 9th, 2015
The San Francisco Tenants Union is presenting workshops for tenants around San Francisco. Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston led the bootcamps.
Numbers Reveal SF Tenant Buyout Picture
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
June 4th, 2015
Landlords have filed more than 100 buyout agreements or offers since a new law required their disclosure in March.
SF's Hottest Bootcamps are for Tenants
by Jenny ManriqueMIssion Local
May 22nd, 2015
TT Executive Director Dean Preston was a presenter at a tenants' rights bootcamp sponsored by the San Francisco Tenants Union.
S.F.'s Mission After the Moratorium
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
May 12th, 2015
The moratorium proposed for San Francisco's Mission District may provide some breathing room to protect the remaining affordable housing there.
San Francisco May Subsidize Middle-Class Apartments for First Time
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
May 12th, 2015
San Francisco's housing crisis may now require that the city provide subsidized housing for families making more than $100,000 a year.
Supervisor Jane Kim Takes Aim at 'Frivolous' Evictions
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
May 12th, 2015
Supervisor Jane Kim is proposing legislation that would limit frivolous evictions by landlords seeking to evict rent-controlled tenants.
Could S.F. Supe's Bid to Halt Building Market-Rate Units Work?
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
May 9th, 2015
Peter Dreier argues that the moratorium on new market-rate construction in San Francisco's Mission District might work.
Mission District Anti-Eviction Protesters Take Over City Hall
KTVU
May 8th, 2015
Tenant groups in San Francisco went to City Hall, demanding more affordable housing in the City.
How Can the City Kick-Start Affordable Housing
by Laura Wenus, Daniel Hirsch & Lydia ChavezMIssion Local
May 8th, 2015
Addressing the City's housing problems requires that City leaders establish affordable housing as a priority.
Tenants Triumph Over Google Attorney
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
May 8th, 2015
A Google attorney has been stopped from evicting tenants under the Ellis Act.
Campos Wants Moratorium on New Housing in the Mission
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
May 5th, 2015
Supervisor David Campos is calling for a moratorium on new market-rate housing in San Francisco's Mission District.
Mission District Housing Moratorium May Head for November Ballot
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
May 4th, 2015
A ballot initiative that would impose a moratorium on new market-rate housing in the Mission District is being readied for the November ballot.
State High Court Rejects S.F. Landlord's Bid to Raise Rents
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
April 29th, 2015
A tenant who moved into a rent-controlled unit as a child is an original tenant and is protected by San Francisco's rent control ordiance.
Neighborhood Comes Together in Hopes of Slowing Gentrification
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
April 26th, 2015
Residents of San Francisco's Mission District are struggling to slow the gentrification of their neighborhood.
Lots of New Housing in San Francisco, But It's Still Not Enough
by John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
April 16th, 2015
Housing construction in San Francisco has not been for those who most need housing, and the City is losing housing to Airbnb rentals.
SF Apartment from Hell: Tenants Sue Landlords over Sewage in Sink, Blood-Stained Walls
CBS (San Francisco)
April 16th, 2015
Tenants in a San Francisco apartment building are suing their landlords for code violations and illegal rent increases.
San Francisco "In-Law" Housing May Add Hundreds of New Units
by Roland LiSan Francisco Business Times
April 14th, 2015
Supervisor Scott Wiener is advocating allowing in-law units to help alleviate San Francisco's housing shortage.
Confusion on the SF Housing Front
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 14th, 2015
The City may be changing the rules on some housing developers after their developments were approved, although the City claims that the developers are trying to evade affordable housing requirements.
Affordable Housing Loophole Ignites Fight over $2,000 a Month 'Co-Housing' Apartments
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
April 10th, 2015
A San Francisco developer is trying to evade the City's affordable housing requirements by claiming that his market-rate units do not qualify as dwellings.
24 Residents Forced to Leave Uninhabitable Building in SF
by Leslie BrinkleyABC 7 News
April 6th, 2015
The City is trying to force tenants to leave a building after the landlord failed to correct habitability violations. However, the City has failed to find adequate replacement housing for the tenants being evicted.
Chinatown Hotel Next Up in S.F. Gentrification Wars
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
March 27th, 2015
Tenants in a Chinatown hotel are facing eviction on trivial grounds.
More SF Mid-Market Artists Are Fighting Eviction
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
March 26th, 2015
Artists are being evicted from their live-work spaces to make way for commercial tenants.
San Francisco Artists Protest Eviction Notice from Market Street Space
CBS (San Francisco)
March 26th, 2015
San Francisco artists are fighting eviction from a building the landlord is converting to commercial use.
Can Chiu, Ting Win Ellis Act Reform?
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 20th, 2015
San Francisco legislators will have to lead the effort to reform the Ellis Act and protect tenants there.
How Activists in 3 Cities Are Fighting Evictions
by Alexis StephensNext City
March 20th, 2015
Activists in Detroit, San Francisco and Brooklyn are fighting evictions in their cities.
As Gentrification Persists in San Francisco, Evictions Take New Forms
by Adam HudsonTruthout
March 19th, 2015
Landlords are developing new ways to evade the law in evicting tenants in San Francisco.
New Mass Ellis Evictions Hit Mission
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 18th, 2015
Long-time San Francisco landlord is evicting the tenants from one of his Mission District properties.
Longtime Rent-Control Tenant Shocked to Discover $6,700 Rent Hike is Totally Legal
by Lamar AndersonCurbed-San Francisco
March 16th, 2015
A San Francisco landlord took out a second unit to turn a rent-controlled unit to a single family rental. Single-family homes are exempt from rent control under state law.
SF Renter Says Landlord is Raising Her Rent 400 Percent with $12,500 Security Deposit
CBS (San Francisco)
March 15th, 2015
A San Francisco tenant reports that she is facing a 400% rent increase. Tenants who rent single-family homes cannot be protected by rent control legislation under the State's Costa-Hawkins law.
Privatizing Public Housing: The "Genocide of Poor People"
by Toshio MeronekTruthout
March 13th, 2015
The privatizing of San Francisco's public housing may lead to improvements--or may lead to further reduction of San Francisco's affordable housing stock.
Tenants at 1049 Market Street Can Keep their Homes--For Now
by David-Elijah NahmodHoodline
March 4th, 2015
The Board of Supervisors in San Francisco has passed legislation that will protect the tenants at 1049 Market Street from eviction for another year.
Media Misleads Public on SF Fires
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
February 19th, 2015
Local media has failed to hold the San Francisco Fire Department accountable for lax inspection practices that have allowed serious violations to remain uncorrected for years.
Trouble on 24th Street
by Daniel HirschMIssion Local
February 13th, 2015
A tenant in a live-work space in the Mission was forced to contend with serious code violations.
One Fire in a Real Estate Empire Rife with Issues
by Daniel Hirsch, Lydia Chavez, Andrea Valencia & Laura WenusMIssion Local
February 13th, 2015
The owner of a property where one tenant was killed and sixty-five others displaced has more than $15 million in San Francisco real estate. The low-income tenants have few options and have to tolerate substandard and dangerous conditions.
S.F. Supervisor Wants to Limit Mission Development, May Push Moratorium
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
February 13th, 2015
San Francisco Supervisor David Campos may push to stop development in the Mission District. Of the 500 units planned for near-term development, only 34 of them are affordable.
Jury Rules for Mission District Tenants
by Tom DrohanBeyond Chron
February 9th, 2015
A San Francisco family will remain in their home after their landlord's attempt to evict them failed.
Mission Fire Tenants: There Were No Smoke Alarms
by Daniel Hirsch, Lydia Chavez, Andrea Valencia & Laura WenusMIssion Local
February 6th, 2015
A Mission District building had no smoke alarms, according to the tenants. The fire displaced 65 people, and killed one person.
Amended Ellis Act Relocation Law Caps Landlord Payouts at $50K
by Jay BarmanSFist
February 4th, 2015
Under a new Ellis Act relocation scheme, landlords would have to pay only $50K to evicted tenants.
Rent Limits Protect Child Who Was Original Tenant, Court Says
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
January 26th, 2015
California's First District Court of Appeal has ruled that a child who moved into an apartment with his parents is protected by rent control as an "original tenant."
SF Slashes Ellis Act Evictions
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
January 6th, 2015
Ellis Act evictions have fallen in 2014, in part because of actions taken by city government.
S.F. Housing on the Way, But Not Soon Enough for 2015 Relief
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
December 31st, 2014
About 4,000 housing units will be constructed in San Francisco in 2015, more than half of which will be market rate rentals. Only about 800 units will be affordable units.
S.F. Fails to Follow Up After Evictions
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
December 29th, 2014
The City has failed to go after scofflaw landlords who evict tenants in violation of San Francisco ordinances. In addition, penalties don't provide a sufficient deterrent.
Court Stops North Beach Ellis Eviction
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
December 18th, 2014
A tenant who has lived in North Beach for 40 years has defeated his landlord's attempt to evict him under the Ellis Act.
Do Rents Really Rise Without Human Intervention?
by Pete DollackCounterPunch
November 21st, 2014
A report on the failure of Prop G and the decision overturning San Francisco's requirement for compensation for tenants evicted as a result of the Ellis Act.
SRO Tenants' Tales Tell Scary Story
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
November 21st, 2014
Tenants in a "tech SRO" are complaining of illegal conditions at the property. The same landlords own another SRO where the former tenants are suing the landlords for illegal eviction.
Formerly Homeless Residents May Face Higher Eviction Rate than Other S.F. Tenants
by Paayal ZaveriSan Francisco Public Press
November 20th, 2014
Local housing groups and mental health service providers are seeking ways to keep formerly homeless tenants from being evicted from supportive housing facilities.
Ellis Eviction Protest at Rube Goldberg Building
by Eviction Free SFBeyond Chron
November 19th, 2014
Tenants of a San Francisco building are fighting their eviction under the Ellis Act.
Ted Gullickson's Memorial Marks Evictions
by Joe Fitzgerald RodriguezSan Francisco Examiner
November 18th, 2014
The San Francisco Tenants Union's Ted Gullickson was remembered at a memorial service this week.
SRO Fire Displacees Sue "Tech Coop"
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 13th, 2014
Displaced tenants are suing a landlord who re-rented their units illegally.
Former Tenants Sue After SRO Housing Made Into Group Apartments
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
November 13th, 2014
Tenants of a single-room occupancy hotel in San Francisco are suing their former landlord, after he leased the rooms they were supposed to re-occupy were leased to a tech co-op. The landlord received a $100,000 loan from the City to make repairs to the building.
Mary Phillips, 98-Years Old, Stops Ellis Eviction
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 12th, 2014
Mary Phillips has won the right to stay in her rent-controlled apartment for the rest of her life.
S.F. Affordable Housing Advocates Dig In for Next Battle
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
November 7th, 2014
Supporters of Proposition G, the anti-speculation ordinance that was defeated in the November election, may bring a new ordinance to the ballot.
Anti-Speculation Tax Rejected by SF Voters
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
November 5th, 2014
Proposition G was rejected by San Francisco voters.
Ballot Question Sinks Prop. G
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 5th, 2014
Prop G's ballot description didn't make clear that the ordinance would slow real estate speculation in the City.
City Attorney to Appeal Ruling that Overturned Tenant Relocation Assistance Law
by Hannah Albarazi & Scott MorrisSan Francisco Appeal
October 23rd, 2014
The San Francisco City Attorney will appeal a ruling by a federal judge declaring the requirement that landlords who evict under the Ellis Act pay a rent differential to evicted tenants.
Supervisors Approve Airbnb Legislation in Final Vote after Further Debate
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
October 22nd, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation to allow Airbnb rentals. Senator Dianne Feinstein had asked that Airbnb rentals not be permitted in single-family home neighborhoods.
Judge Tosses SF Law Meant to Shield Evicted Tenants
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
October 22nd, 2014
A San Francisco judge declared unconstitutional a law that would have required greater compensation for tenants evicted under the Ellis Act.
San Francisco Regulates Buyouts--Backs Ted Gullickson's Legacy
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 22nd, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to regulate tenant buyouts, insuring that tenants know their rights in the buyout process.
Lainez Stops 4th Ellis Eviction
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 21st, 2014
A San Francisco family has stopped the fourth attempt to evict them from their apartment. They have lived in their apartment for more than twenty years.
How San Francisco is Forcing its Gay Population onto the Streets
by Sacha FeinmanThink Progress
October 20th, 2014
Ellis Act evictions are forcing LGBTQ tenants from homes they have lived in for decades.
Ted Gullickson's Broader Legacy
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 16th, 2014
Ted Gullickson's influence spread far beyond the San Francisco Tenants Union.
Ordinance Regulating AirBnb-Type Rentals Approved
by David StevensonKTVU
October 7th, 2014
Over the objections of landlord and tenant groups in San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors voted to allow Airbnb rentals in the City. The limits imposed by the City may be unenforceable.
Federal Judge Asks SF to Show New Ellis Act Payouts Don't Take from Landlords
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
October 7th, 2014
Judge Charles Breyer has told San Francisco's City Attorney to show that the increased Ellis Act payouts for evicted tenants are not an unconstitutional taking.
Boom and Bust in the City of Gold
by Carl FinamoreCounterPunch
October 6th, 2014
San Francisco's low- and moderate-income residents are being forced from the City by high rents and often-illegal evictions.
Battle Over Increased Ellis Act Payouts in San Francisco to Enter Federal Court
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
October 6th, 2014
Landlords are suing in federal court to stop the required compensation for long-term tenants evicted under the Ellis Act. San Francisco's ordinance requires evicting landlords to tenants the difference between their rent and the market rent in their neighborhood.
As Housing Costs Soar, San Francisco Seeks Ballot Solution
by Ian LovettNew York Times
October 2nd, 2014
San Franciscans will be voting on Prop. G in November, to limit the speculation that is feeding the eviction crisis there.
Still Not Sharing
by Emily DugaleSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 16th, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will discuss legislation to regulate Airbnb rentals in the City. In addition to limiting the number of days a unit could be rented, Airbnb rentals would be subject to the City's hotel tax.
Tenants Face Absurd Lawsuits as Low-Fault Evictions Increase
by Emily DugaleSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 15th, 2014
San Francisco landlords are attempting to evict rent-controlled tenants for silly reasons, such as cooking late at night.
Mayor Lee's Small Sites Program Could Save Tenant's Home
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
September 15th, 2014
A long-term San Francisco tenant's Ellis Act eviction has been rescinded, but the building is now for sale.
North Beach Tenants Find Strength and Friendship as They Fight to Keep Their Homes
by Melanie YoungKALW
September 10th, 2014
North Beach tenants being threatened with eviction have banded together to support one another in fighting for their homes.
More SF Landlords Evicting Tenants Without any Evidence, According to New Housing Report
CBS San Francisco
September 5th, 2014
San Francisco landlords are trying to evict their tenants for reasons ranging from silly to illegal. One faced eviction for cooking late at night, while another faced eviction for having a service animal. Disabled tenants are allowed to have service animals, and it is illegal for landlords to evict disabled tenants for have service animals.
Report: SF Sees Spike in Evictions Based on Low-Fault Issues
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
September 3rd, 2014
San Francisco's Eviction Defense Collaborative has issued it's second eviction report, and has found that landlords are attempting to evict tenants for reasons such as cooking late at night or having a legal service animal.
Surprise, Surprise: SF Falling Far Short on Affordable Housing for Low-Income Residents
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 25th, 2014
The California Housing Partnership reports that San Francisco needs to construct more than 40,000 units for low-income residents.

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