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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.
October Trial Set for Challenge by Landlords to SF Eviction Law
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
August 22nd, 2014
A landlord lawsuit against the increased relocation payments to tenants required under a new San Francisco ordinance will be heard in October.
Judge Denies Restraining Order in San Francisco Rent Case
by Joaquin PalominoReuters
August 22nd, 2014
A judge has refused to issue a restraining order that would put a hold on the San Francisco law requiring larger relocation payments to tenants evicted under the Ellis Act.
20 Tenants Protest Eviction from Mission Building Where Shady Manager and Landlord Were Scheming
SFist
August 21st, 2014
Tenants are protesting an eviction, claiming that the building manager has taken rent from tenants, but failed to forward it to the landlord. Some tenants have cancelled checks proving that they paid the rent.
Tenants Say Property Manager Stole Their Rent
by Joe Rivano BarrosMIssion Local
August 20th, 2014
Tenants are being evicted from their apartments for non-payment of rent even though they claim that the property manager stole their rent payments. Some tenants have canceled checks proving that they paid rent.
SF Tenants Rally for Support of Proposition G
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
August 20th, 2014
Tenants rallied in support of Proposition G, the anti-speculation initiative on the November ballot.
San Francisco Democratic Party Decides on Endorsements for November Election
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
August 14th, 2014
Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston asked the SF Democratic Party to support the anti-speculation initiative, Proposition G, on the November ballot.
$1,000 a Month for Tiny Room, Seedy Surroundings in the Mission
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 5th, 2014
Low-income tenants in San Francisco are forced to endure overcrowding and health and safety violations to keep themselves in housing.
Protest to "Stop Illegal Tourist Conversions!"
by Ashley HeineBeyond Chron
July 30th, 2014
Tenants in San Francisco are protesting the conversion of rental housing to Airbnb tourist accommodation.
Campos Raises Stakes on Tenant Buyouts
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
July 30th, 2014
Supervisor David Campos has proposed legislation that would require landlords to provide more information to tenants who might sign buyout contracts.
Central City SRO Collaborative Battles More Than Bedbugs
by Mike KepkaSan Francisco Chronicle
July 27th, 2014
San Francisco's Central City SRO Collaborative helps tenants to enforce habitability laws in singe-room occupancy hotels.
San Francisco Landlords Sue to Stop 'Oppressive' Renter Relocation Payments
by Eric YoungSan Francisco Business Times
July 24th, 2014
The San Francisco Apartment Association and the Coalition for Better Housing are suing to stop legislation that increased relocation payments for tenants evicted as a result of the Ellis Act.
Landlords Challenge S.F.'s New Law on Evictions
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
July 24th, 2014
Landlords are suing to stop a San Francisco ordinance that requires that tenants who are evicted through the Ellis Act be compensated by their landlords.
A 30-Year-Old Law is Creating a Crisis in San Francisco
by Joey CoscoBusiness Insider
July 22nd, 2014
The Ellis Act is reducing the supply of affordable housing in San Francisco.
Google Lawyer Turned Landlord Inflames City's Tech Clash
by Karen Gullo and Dan LevyBusiness Week
July 16th, 2014
Google lawyer Jack Halprin is evicting the rent-controlled tenants in his Mission District property.
Housing Activists Take Aim at Cow Hollow Company over Eviction of Long Time Elderly Tenant
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
July 11th, 2014
Housing activists in San Francisco are protesting the Ellis Act eviction of a long-term tenant there.
A Face Behind San Francisco's Gentrification Problem
by Austin MeyerPeninsula Press
July 10th, 2014
A tenant who has lived in his apartment for 37 years is facing eviction under the Ellis Act.
Protesters Defend San Francisco Woman, 98, from Eviction
RT
July 10th, 2014
Tenant groups in San Francisco are protesting the eviction of a 98-year-old woman. The landlord is UGI, which has emptied several San Francisco properties using the Ellis Act.
San Francisco to Provide Right to Counsel for Tenants Facing Eviction
by David Campos and Jeff AdachiSan Francisco Bay Guardian
July 8th, 2014
San Francisco has allocated $1 million to provide lawyers for tenants facing eviction in the City. Tenants without legal representation often lose their cases and the eviction makes it difficult to obtain new housing.
Campos, Adachi and Tenant Advocates Seek Right to Legal Representation for Any Tenant Facing Eviction in San Francisco
San Francisco Bay View
June 30th, 2014
A proposal is being developed that would provide legal representation to tenants facing eviction. Many tenants cannot afford lawyers, and losing an unlawful detainer will bar tenants from most rental housing for many years.
Kim, Activists Seek SRO Elevator Fix
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
June 24th, 2014
Low-income disabled and senior tenants can be trapped in their rooms when the building elevator breaks down.
Initiatives Aim to Build More Affordable Housing
by Coburn PalmerSF Bay
June 20th, 2014
Two initiatives seek to insure the development of more affordable housing in San Francisco.
Some Tenants Face Monthslong Waits for Rent Board Case Review
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
June 19th, 2014
The increasing number of eviction attempts in San Francisco has caused a backlog for Rent Board hearings.
Tenants Win Argument, Lose Vote
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
June 19th, 2014
Democrats in the State Assembly failed to support a bill that would protect tenants from eviction by speculators.
Assembly Democrats Put Ellis Reform on Life Support
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
June 19th, 2014
Ellis Act reform was defeated because Assembly Democrats did not support it.
State Lawmakers Reject San Francisco's Bid for Ellis Act Exemption
by Doug SovernCBS (San Francisco)
June 18th, 2014
Assembly Democrats failed to support Ellis Act reform.
Ellis Act Reform Bill Stalls at State Assembly Hearing
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
June 18th, 2014
Two Democrats stopped a bill that would protect tenants in San Francisco from eviction by real estate speculators.
Assembly Committee Rejects Ellis Act Bill
by Melody GutierrezSan Francisco Chronicle
June 18th, 2014
Legislation to protect rent-contolled tenants from real estate speculators failed to pass an Assembly committee. Two Democrats voted against the reform.
Anti-Speculation Tax, Rival Housing Balance Measures Head to SF Ballot
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
June 18th, 2014
Three initiatives are proposed to address San Francisco's affordable housing crisis.
Tutors in the Fine Art of Eviction Under Fire in San Francisco
by Toshio MeronekTruthout
June 13th, 2014
San Francisco tenants are protesting the efforts of local eviction lawyers to teach others to evict tenants in the City.
SF Community Land Trust Stops Ellis Act Eviction
by Valerie ZekasBeyond Chron
June 13th, 2014
The San Francisco Land Trust has purchased a Mission District building to preserve the housing of 14 low-income tenants.
SF Mission District Tenants Turning Victorian Home into Co-op to Avoid Ellis Act Eviction
by Doug SovernCBS (San Francisco)
June 12th, 2014
The San Francisco Land Trust will protect the housing of 14 low-income tenants by purchasing the building in which they live.
Airbnb Blurs Lines Between Visitors, Tenants
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
June 7th, 2014
A tenant who rented a room for almost three months may have been illegally evicted by her landlord.
Peak Evictions Came to San Francisco Back in the 1990s
by Kriston CappsThe Atlantic
June 4th, 2014
Landlords switched to evicting under the Ellis Act when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors tightened the "just cause" eviction rules to prevent landlords from abusing the just cause allowing for owner move-ins in the 1990s.
San Francisco Mayor Unveils $94 Million Affordable Housing Plan
by Madeleine ThomasReuters
June 2nd, 2014
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proposed spending $94 million to maintain and develop affordable housing there.
State Senate Passes Ellis Act Restrictions for San Francisco
KQED
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation to limit Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco.
Ellis Act Legislation by State Senator Mark Leno Passes Senate
by Barbara TaylorCBS San Francisco
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation to limit Ellis Act evictions. The bill now goes to the Assembly.
Proposed Bill to Limit California Ellis Act Has New Life
by Mark MatthewsNBC Bay Area
May 30th, 2014
Legislation to limit eviction of tenants by speculators passed the State Legislature.
Ellis Act Reform Bill Passes in State Senate
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed Ellis Act reform legislation by a 21-13 vote. The legislation would require that landlords hold a property for five years before invoking the Ellis Act to "go out of business."
S.F. Ellis Act Reform Bill Passes in State Senate
by Melody GutierrezSan Francisco Chronicle
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation reforming the Ellis Act to help protect tenants in San Francisco from eviction by speculators.
Affordable Housing Construction in Limbo
by Daniel HirschMIssion Local
May 28th, 2014
Construction of new affordable housing units is being held up by problems in deciding how to spend affordable housing money.
SF Mayor Counts Existing Homes to Hit Affordable Housing Goals
by Noah Arroyo and Josh WolfSan Francisco Public Press
May 13th, 2014
Of the 10,000 low-income units Mayor Ed Lee has promised to build, 6,000 of them are rehabilitated existing units that are already occupied.
SF Sues SRO Hotel Owners for Housing Violations
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
May 12th, 2014
San Francisco's City Attorney is suing two landlords for failing to maintain their properties and forcing tenants to move to new rooms within their properties to evade the provisions of the City's rent control and just cause eviction laws. Some of the properties receive transitional housing funds from the City.
Bill to Limit Ellis Act Evictions Moves to Senate Floor
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
May 7th, 2014
The bill to limit Ellis Act evictions now goes to the Senate floor.
Ellis Reform Bill Wins Big Victory in Senate Judiciary
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
May 7th, 2014
A coalition of tenant, labor and tech groups supported reform of the Ellis Act, to prevent speculators from using the act to evict rent-controlled tenants in San Francisco.
S.F. Landlord Who Said 'Make $100,000 or Get Out' Changes Mind
by Will KaneSan Francisco Chronicle
May 5th, 2014
A San Francisco landlord who wanted to require that his tenants demonstrate that their incomes were $100,000 or more has rescinded the requirement. Such a demand would be a violation of San Francisco's rent control law for existing tenants.
Eviction Free San Francisco Joins Tenderloin Tenants in an Emergency Home Defense Rally
Bay Area Indy Media
May 1st, 2014
San Francisco tenant groups held an emergency rally in support of Section 8 tenants who face eviction by a new landlord who wants to end the Section 8 contracts.
San Francisco Labor, Tenant Group Hopes Lawsuit Slams Brakes on Google Buses
by Eric YoungSan Francisco Business Times
May 1st, 2014
A lawsuit seeks to stop San Francisco's decision to authorize private bus pickups at public bus stops.

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