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Supervisor David Campos Speeds Up Landlord Payouts for Evictions
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
April 16th, 2014
Landlords in San Francisco have been rushing to evict tenants under the Ellis Act before a law requiring larger relocation payments takes effect. The Board of Supervisors is responding by passing the legislation as an emergency measure.
Pilot Program in Castro to Allow More In-Law Units
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
April 15th, 2014
San Francisco is allowing the development of in-law units in one City neighborhood. The units would be rent-controlled if the building in which they are constructed is covered by the City's rent control law.
City Should Better Fund Eviction Defenses
by Tim Iglesias and Adrian TirtanadiSan Francisco Chronicle
April 15th, 2014
An editorial argues that the City should fund defense lawyers for tenants in eviction lawsuits. A tenant who loses an eviction case faces more life consequences than one who is convicted of a misdemeanor.
SF Airbnb Rules Would Pull Short-Term Rentals From Shadows
by Marisa Lagos with Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
April 15th, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will discuss proposed rules for short-term rentals to protect the rental housing stock and ensure that hotel taxes are paid on the rentals.
S.F. Landlords Offer Tenants Tempting Offers to Move Out
by Joe GarofoliSan Francisco Chronicle
April 13th, 2014
San Francisco landlords are offering their tenants money to leave their rent-controlled units. Even substantial sums, though, won't enable most tenants to pay for new housing in the City.
Protesters Block Google Bus, Plan March Against Evictions
Bay City News Service
April 11th, 2014
Protesters blocked Google buses picking up employees in San Francisco for the trek to Silicon Valley, claiming that the influx of tech workers is encouraging landlords to evict long-term tenants. One Google lawyer is using the Ellis Act to evict the tenants in a San Francisco building he recently purchased.
S.F. Board Delays Vote on Ellis Act Changes, Eviction Issues
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
April 3rd, 2014
San Francisco Supervisors agreed to postpone votes on tenants rights legislation for one week.
Report Claims Speculators are Behind Most Ellis Act Evictions in SF
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
April 3rd, 2014
A report issued by Tenants Together and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project shows that a majority of Ellis Act evictions are prosecuted by speculators who have owned the properties for a short period of time.
Eviction Protest Marches to Vanguard's Doors
by Daniel HirschMIssion Local
April 2nd, 2014
Tenants protested the Ellis Act eviction of a long-term senior renter from his apartment.
Momentum Builds for Ellis Act Reform
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 1st, 2014
Reform of the Ellis Act begins its journey in the State Legislature, but even a weak landlord response won't insure easy passage of the legislation.
How the Media Protected Leland Yee
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 31st, 2014
Leland Yee is the third pro-landlord Democrat to land in serious legal trouble. But Yee's ethical problems should have been obvious to anyone who was paying attention.
Mid-Market Landlord Files Mass Eviction Lawsuit Against Tenants
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 24th, 2014
The landlord of a Market Street building is attempting to evict tenants from his building even though he has no grounds to do so.
Mid-Market Landlord Files Mass Eviction Lawsuit Against Tenants
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 24th, 2014
The landlord of a Market Street building is attempting to evict tenants from his building even though he has no grounds to do so.
Local Ellis Act Ordinance Gains Support from Supes
by David-Elijah NahmodBay Area Reporter
March 20th, 2014
The Board of Supervisors will discuss legislation that would require increased payments to tenants if a speculator uses the Ellis Act to evict them.
Airbnb Sublets in San Francisco Land Some Renters in the Doghouse
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
March 18th, 2014
Landlords in San Francisco are particularly assiduous in attempting to evict rent-controlled tenants who rent their units on Airbnb. Legislation is being proposed to regulate Airbnb rentals, as many neighbors are concerned that Airbnb rentals will change the character of their neighborhoods.
SF Supes, Tenants Rally for Compensation for Ellis Act Evictees
March 17th, 2014
Legislation has been proposed that would require that landlords evicting under the Ellis Act pay more compensation to tenants who are evicted. Landlords would have to pay the difference between the controlled rent and market rent for an equivalent unit for two years.
Section 8 Tenants Among the Hardest Hit by SF Evictions
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
March 11th, 2014
The San Francisco eviction crisis has made it very difficult for Section 8 tenants to find and keep housing.
The War Brewing in the Streets of San Francisco
by Joe KlocNewsweek
March 8th, 2014
A single company may be behind most of the Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco.
One-Third Rule Not Always Feasible in Bay Area Rental Market
by Kathleen PenderSan Francisco Chronicle
March 8th, 2014
Tenants in San Francisco must either have very high incomes or live with several roommates to avoid overpaying for rent.
Two California Bills Set Up Battle Over Condo Conversions
by Dan WaltersSacramento Bee
February 24th, 2014
The Sacramento Bee reports on the bills introduced in the State Legislature to limit Ellis Act evictions.
Two S.F. Lawmakers Push Bills to Slow Ellis Act Evictions
by John CoteSan Francisco Chronicle
February 24th, 2014
State Senator Mark Leno and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano have introduced bills to prevent speculators from evicting long-term tenants in San Francisco.
SF Lawmaker Introduces Bill Targeting Ellis Act Loopholes
by Jonah Owen LambSan Francisco Examiner
February 24th, 2014
State Senator Mark Leno has introduced legislation that would prevent real estate speculators from using the Ellis Act to evict long-term tenants.
Activists Call for Revival of Harvey Milk's Anti-Speculation Proposal
by Josh WolfSan Francisco Public Press
February 10th, 2014
Tenants attending the citywide Tenants' Convention in San Francisco are considering the revival of the anti-speculation tax first proposed by the late Supervisor Harvey Milk. The tax would take a substantial percentage of profits from speculative purchases.
Eight Solutions to San Francisco's Housing Problems
by Katy SteinmetzTime Magazine
February 7th, 2014
Time summarizes the recent proposals to address San Francisco's severe housing crisis.
Mayor Lee's New Boost for Affordable Housing
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
February 7th, 2014
Mayor Ed Lee proposed new rules that would give priority in the planning process to projects that provide affordable housing.
Tech Workers Squeezing Out Renters in San Francisco, Seattle
by Les ChristieCNN Money
February 7th, 2014
Low- and middle-income tenants in tech centers like San Francisco and Seattle are being forced from their homes, as landlords bid up rents.
Campos Unveils Ellis Act Fix
by David-Elijah NahmodBay Area Reporter
February 6th, 2014
The Board of Supervisors will discuss legislation that would require landlords who evict under the Ellis Act to subsidize evicted tenants' rents for two years after the eviction.
San Francisco Debates Making Evictions More Costly
by Laila KearneyReuters
February 5th, 2014
Landlords who evict tenants under the Ellis Act might be required to subsidize their rent for two years, if an ordinance proposed by Supervisor David Campos is passed.
Evicted San Francisco Seniors File Criminal Complaints Against Landlords
by Anna DuckworthCBS (San Francisco)
February 5th, 2014
Seniors evicted under the Ellis Act have asked the District Attorney to investigate the eviction of seniors as elder abuse.
Campos Proposal Aims to Help Evicted Stay in SF
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
February 3rd, 2014
New legislation would require that landlords who evict under the Ellis Act subsidize evicted tenants' rents for two years after the eviction.
Property Owner Groups File Lawsuits Over New SF Housing Laws
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
January 30th, 2014
Landlord groups are suing the City over recently enacted legislation to protect tenants and the affordable housing stock.
Airbnb Profits Prompted SF Eviction, Ex-Tenant Says
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
January 22nd, 2014
A San Francisco tenant is suing his former landlords for illegal eviction, after the landlords starting renting his unit through Airbnb. After the lawsuit was filed, the landlords offered to allow the tenant to move back to his unit.
Tenant Battle Brewing
by Joe Fitzgerald RodriguezSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 21st, 2014
Tenants in San Francisco are working on both the state and local levels to deal with the housing crisis there.
San Francisco Goes All Out Against Against Housing Crisis
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
January 21st, 2014
The depth of San Francisco's affordable housing crisis has finally forced the City to act.
SF Mayor Vows to Take Local Eviction Reforms to Sacramento
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
January 14th, 2014
Mayor Ed Lee wants to take the issue of Ellis Act evictions to the State Legislature. He advocates asking the Legislature to make changes to the legislation that would protect tenants against speculators.
Confronting the Speculators
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 14th, 2014
San Francisco tenant activists are compiling Ellis Act eviction records to expose serial evictors, speculators who buy buildings and then promptly try to evict tenants under the Ellis Act.
SF Affordable Housing, TIC Conversion Measures Planned
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
January 13th, 2014
Two pieces of legislation have been proposed in San Francisco. One would allow developers more total units if they increased the number of affordable units in their projects. The second would require Planning Department approval for tenants-in-common (TIC) purchases.
SOMA Family Battles Fourth Ellis Eviction Attempt
by Jen FieberBeyond Chron
January 10th, 2014
A San Francisco family is fighting another attempt to evict them from their home using the Ellis Act. This is the fourth time that a real estate investor has purchased the property and then promptly attempted to evict the family.
Tenants at Mid-Market Complex Sue Landlord Over Evictions
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
January 10th, 2014
Tenants at a Market Street apartment building are suing their landlord for trying to evict them in order to capitalize on the City's project to attract tech companies.
High Housing Costs Push Many Teachers Out of SF
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
December 30th, 2013
Some San Francisco teachers are moving out of the City, even though they would like to live closer to the schools where they work.
With No Rent Control, Tenants Losing Grip on Single-Family Homes
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
December 18th, 2013
Tenants in single-family homes in California are not protected by rent control legislation, and are subject to large rent increases.
Mayor Moves Affordable Housing to Head of the Line
by John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
December 18th, 2013
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has promised to prioritize the development of 40,000 new affordable housing units. A recent affordable housing development had 2,800 applicants for 60 units.
Supervisors to Consider Law Targeting Tenant Harassment
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
December 17th, 2013
New legislation would allow tenants who suffer harassment at the hands of their landlords to complain to the Rent Board. After a hearing, valid complaints could be forwarded to the City Attorney or the District Attorney for civil or criminal prosecution.
Homeless, Housing Top Concerns in SF Poll
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
December 17th, 2013
A new poll shows that San Franciscans rank homelessness and affordable housing as the most important problems for the City.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Approves New Tenant Protections
by Janina Glasov and Steven T, JonesSan Francisco Bay Guardian
December 17th, 2013
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation to protect tenants whose landlords are evicting them pursuant to the Ellis Act, and to protect tenants from harassment by their landlords.
Evictions Soar in San Francisco as Real Estate Prices Rise
by Katherine SeligmanSacramento Bee
November 28th, 2013
Landlords are using the Ellis Act to evict rent-controlled tenants in San Francisco. Many of the tenants have lived in their units for decades and are elderly or disabled.
Eviction Group Aims to Put Housing on the Ballot
by Lynne ShallcrossMission Local
November 25th, 2013
San Francisco's Just Cause organized a meeting of tenant activists there to discuss placing legislation on the ballot to combat tenant displacement there.
Assemblyman Ammiano to Propose Ellis Act Revisions for SF
by Barbara TaylorCBS (San Francisco)
November 22nd, 2013
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano is proposing legislation to limit the effect of Ellis Act evictions on San Francisco tenants. Many of the affected tenants are elderly or disabled.
New Poll Shows San Franciscans are Hungry for More Housing
by Jonah Owen LambSan Francisco Examiner
November 20th, 2013
San Franciscans rank housing as the most important problem in the City.
San Francisco Vacancy Rate Remains Low Despite Building Boom
by Jonah Owen LambSan Francisco Examiner
November 10th, 2013
Building luxury housing has had little impact on the vacancy rate in San Francisco. Tenant advocates argue that the City needs to construct more affordable housing.
Meet the Ellis Act, the Law Driving Many San Francisco Evictions
by Matthew GreenKQED
November 8th, 2013
The Ellis Act, passed to overturn a 1984 Supreme Court decision, is a main driver of evictions in San Francisco. The maps and charts are available on the article's original site.
8 Washington Condo Project Loses Big in S.F.
by John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
November 6th, 2013
A proposal to build a block of luxury condominiums on San Francisco's waterfront was defeated by the City's voters. The 134 units, which would sell for an average of $5 million each, would have provided only $11 million to the City's affordable housing fund.
Tenant Advocates Rally against Eviction 'Crisis'
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
October 25th, 2013
San Francisco tenants rallied against the increasing number of Ellis Act evictions in the City.
Affordable Housing Debate Heats Up at City Hall
by John Cote and Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
October 24th, 2013
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will look at several proposals to increase the amount of affordable housing in the City. Among the proposals are legalization of in-law units and stricter protections for rent-controlled units.
S.F. Family Loses Fight, Evicted after 34 Years
by Kevin Fagan with Brant WardSan Francisco Chronicle
October 24th, 2013
An elderly couple and their disabled adult daughter were evicted from their home of 34 years. The landlord is planning to convert the building to tenants-in-common units.
Watch This Depressing Time-Lapse Visualization of Ellis Act Evictions
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
October 15th, 2013
Landlords in San Francisco have used the Ellis Act to evict rent-controlled tenants from their apartments. Some buildings have been through more than one Ellis Act eviction, as the property can be re-rented after five years. The map is available on the Bay Guardian web site.
Mayor Lee, Supervisor Kim, DBI Director Hui Unite to Stop Market Street Evictions
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 15th, 2013
City officials in San Francisco are working to save 100 rental units in the mid-Market area.
Market Street Tenants Still Facing Uncertainty
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
October 14th, 2013
Even though City officials are looking for ways to keep the tenants at 1049 Market in their homes, the tenants still fear that they will have to move.
Mid-Market Artists Facing Eviction
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
October 12th, 2013
More than 100 tenants in a mid-Market building may still face eviction if the City doesn't declare the units legal for residential use.
Market Street Building Evictions Could Be Largest San Francisco Ouster in Decades
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
October 8th, 2013
Up to 300 artists are being evicted from two buildings in San Francisco's mid-Market neighborhood. The units are illegal, but the City has known about them since 2007. Twitter and other high-tech companies are planning moves to the neighborhood.
Ellis Act Evictees Could Receive Priority for Affordable Housing in San Francisco
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
October 1st, 2013
A San Francisco family facing eviction could receive priority for relocation to affordable housing there. However, there are only about 2,000 affordable housing units citywide. In addition, more than 200 other units have been evicted this year under the Ellis Act.
Park Lane Tenants Protest Conversion Plans
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
September 28th, 2013
Tenants at the Park Lane apartments face eviction under the Ellis Act, as the building owner seeks to covert the property to tenants-in-common ownership.
San Francisco Family Remains in Home on Ellis Act Eviction Day
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
September 25th, 2013
An elderly couple and their disabled adult daughter have received a temporary reprieve after supporters surrounded their apartment building and the Sheriff failed to carry out the eviction. The family is being evicted under the state Ellis Act, which allows landlords to remove units "permanently" from the rental market. Permanently is five years.
Ellis Act Evictions Changing Landscape of San Francisco Housing
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
September 23rd, 2013
Ellis Act evictions are forcing long-term tenants from their apartments in San Francisco. Landlords are then converting their buildings to tenants-in-common (TIC).
Are Yee's Anti-Tenant Votes About Courting Contributions from Landlords?
by Steven T. JonesSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 4th, 2013
State Senator Leland Yee, who is running for Secretary of State, voted against restoring the right of local communities to require affordable housing as part of new housing developments. He also opposed legislation that protected tenants' security deposits.
S.F.'s 'Landlords From Hell' Get Four Years in Prison for Shocking Treatment of Tenants
by Mike AldaxSan Francisco Examiner
June 19th, 2013
Two San Francisco landlords have agreed to four-year prison terms for taking extreme measures to oust their tenants from their property. The landlords, for instance, tried to cut a hole through one tenant's floor and cut out the ceiling beams in another tenant's unit, attempting to destabilize the entire building.
'Landlords From Hell' Accept Prison Terms for Terrorizing Tenants
by Lee RomneyLos Angeles Times
June 19th, 2013
Two landlords who terrorized their tenants for several years, and then fled to Italy, have agreed to four-year prison terms. They must also pay restitution to their former tenants.
SF Approves Condo Conversion Deal Despite Objections
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
June 12th, 2013
Compromise legislation was passed to allow some TIC owners to convert their units to condominium.
Supervisors Approve Condo Legislation with Veto-Proof Majority
by Steven T. JonesSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 11th, 2013
Eight members of the Board of Supervisors voted to allows some TIC owners to convert their units to condominiums, but will shut down the conversion lottery until 2024.
Why Rent Control Works
by Tim RedmondSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 13th, 2013
Rent control maintains diverse and healthy communities, and protects tenants from real estate speculation.
Tenant Ousters Reach 12-Year High as Market Gets Increasingly Tight
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
May 5th, 2013
Thousands of tenants have faced eviction in San Francisco in the last year. More than 100 of them were Ellis Act evictions.
Urban Green's Eviction of 95-Year-Old SF Tenant Highlights Need for Condo Conversion Moratorium
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 29th, 2013
Urban Green is again seeking to evict long-term tenants in order to convert rent-controlled units to TICs. Several of the tenants threatened with eviction are elderly or disabled.
Ellis Eviction Notice Served on 97-Year-Old Woman as Speculators Seek Weaker Condo Law
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 11th, 2013
A 97-year-old tenant is in danger of losing her home, as Urban Green Investments seeks to convert the building she lives in to TIC ownership.
San Francisco Should Allow Rent Control for Converted Condos, Report Says
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
April 3rd, 2013
The City Controller has issued a report saying that TIC units that are converted to condominium should be subject to rent control if they are rented out.
San Francisco Aiming to Ease Rent-Hike Jolts from Seismic Upgrades
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
April 2nd, 2013
Rent-controlled tenants in San Francisco will be forced to pay the entire cost of seismic upgrades for their buildings, but will be able to apply for hardship exemptions.
Ordinance Could Pit Renters Against Homebuyers
by Thomas K. PendergastSF Bay
April 1st, 2013
A proposed San Francisco ordinance would allow TIC (tenants-in-common) owners to convert their units to condominiums and permanently remove them from rent control protections.
Tenants Say Earthquake Retrofit Law Could Circumvent Rent Control
by Noah ArroyoSan Francisco Public Press
March 20th, 2013
Proposed earthquake retrofit legislation would allow landlords to pass through the entire cost of the remedial work to tenants, even though landlords would reap the greatest benefit.
San Francisco Tenant Advocates Worry About Costs of Quake-Safety Upgrades
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
March 18th, 2013
Landlords are attempting to pass through the cost of quake-safety retrofits, even though the upgrades primarily increase the value of the properties.
Condo Conversion Bill Could Circumvent Rent Control in San Francisco
by Ben TrefnyKALW Radio
February 25th, 2013
If San Francisco allows the conversion of TICs to condominiums, rent-controlled units could be permanently decontrolled. The full interview is available on KALW's website.
A Dose of Truth: San Francisco's TIC Owners Aren't Facing Foreclosure Crisis
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
February 12th, 2013
San Francisco's TIC owners are not in financial straits, and allowing conversion of TICs to condominiums only reduces the supply of controlled rental property there.
Out of Place
by Rebecca Bowe and Dylan TokarSan Francisco Bay Guardian
February 5th, 2013
Many long-term San Francisco tenants are being driven from their homes by Ellis Act evictions, which allow landlords to then sell their properties as TICs.
Condo Conversion Legislation on Hold for Now
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 28th, 2013
Legislation that would permit the conversion of some 2,000 TIC units to condominiums has been put off to the end of February.
London Breed's Campaign Pledge to be Tested by Weiner/Farrell Attack on Rent Control
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
January 28th, 2013
Newly elected Supervisor London Breed will have to decide whether to protect rent control or vote in the interests of her developer backers for legislation to allow condo conversion of some 2,000 tenants-in-common (TIC) units.
TIC Legislation is a Rent Control Issue
by Tommi Avicolli MeccaSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 22nd, 2013
Proposed legislation would allow some 2,000 TIC (tenants-in-common) units to bypass the City's limits on condominium conversions, and thus be removed from rent control protections.
Despite Settlement, Wells Fargo Still in Housing Activists' Crosshairs
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 10th, 2013
San Francisco housing activists aren't willing to let Wells Fargo Bank off the hook for their foreclosure policies, even though the federal government has settled with the bank.
The Rent is Too Damn High
by Tim RedmondSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 3rd, 2013
San Francisco rents now average $3,000 a month, far more than most San Franciscans can afford to pay.
Senior and Disability Groups Protest Wells Fargo Evictions, Shutter Accounts
by Christopher CookFog City Journal
December 18th, 2012
Local housing groups protested the eviction of senior and disabled homeowners during the holiday season by Wells Fargo Bank. These homeowners were targeted during the bubble, and encouraged to take on loans that would later explode.
After Twenty Years, San Francisco's Prop H Has Saved Tenants Billions
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
December 10th, 2012
San Francisco's Proposition H, passed in 1992, eliminated the 4% annual rent increase for controlled units, and provided for a yearly rent increase more in line with inflation.
Hunter's Point Tenants Shocked by New "House Rules" for Housing Complex
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
November 30th, 2012
Tenants at a new public housing complex in San Francisco are complaining that the house rules there are insulting and demeaning to residents. The 31-page document, for instance, includes requirements for such things as bathing.
San Francisco to Track Bedbugs' Trails
by Katharine MieszkowskiThe Bay Citizen
November 13th, 2012
A San Francisco ordinance requires that exterminators report bedbug infestations they treat to the Department of Public Health. Landlords will also be required to disclose bedbug infestations in their units, but only if tenants ask for the information.
Legislation Would Crack Down on Short-Term Corporate Apartment Rentals
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
October 1st, 2012
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is looking at legislation that would regulate short-term apartment rentals there, as these are crowding out tenants there.
Homeowners Over Fifty Face Surge in Foreclosures
by Eva MartinezEl Tecolote
September 27th, 2012
Elderly San Francisco homeowners are facing foreclosure after being sold exploding mortgages in the housing bubble.
Occupy Bernal: Occupy at the Local Level
by Jen ChienKALW Radio
September 17th, 2012
Occupy activists in Bernal are focusing on helping local homeowners facing foreclosure.
Herrera's Geary Courtyard Settlement Saves Low-Income Tenants from Rent Hike, Secures $95K
by Matt DorseyBeyond Chron
September 14th, 2012
A landlord's attempt to violate a contract provision by increasing rents on tenants who had been guaranteed lower rents was stopped by court injunction. The case was then settled in the tenants' favor.
Renters Get Boot With Big Rate Hike
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
September 2nd, 2012
Tenants in single-family homes in San Francisco are protected by "just cause" eviction protections. But state law prohibits rent control on single-family homes, so tenants can be evicted with large rent increases.
Plan to Shrink Minimum SF Apartment Size Hits Political Snag
by Chase NiesnerSF Public Press
August 6th, 2012
A developer group's plan to build 150 square foot units in San Francisco has raised objections from land use and affordable housing organizations.
Hassle-Free Housing
by N'Tanya LeeSan Francisco Bay Guardian
July 30th, 2012
Tenant activists in San Francisco are campaigning to stop landlords from evicting tenants by harassing them until they move from their rent-controlled units.
San Francisco Rule Would Encourage Building Student Housing
by Lee RomneyLos Angeles Times
July 9th, 2012
San Francisco's Planning Commission is seeking to protect rent-controlled units by giving incentives for the development of student housing in the City.
Parkmerced Owners Say They'll Survive Loan Woes
by Andrew S. Ross with Tom AbateSan Francisco Chronicle
June 24th, 2012
Residents of a large San Francisco apartment complex will be protected if the lender forecloses on the property.
Short Term Rentals Disrupting SF Housing Market
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
June 12th, 2012
San Francisco tenant activists are concerned that short-term rentals have disrupted the rental market there.

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