2 S.F. lawmakers push bills to slow Ellis Act evictions
John Coté : sfgate – excerpt
(02-24) 11:04 PST SAN FRANCSICO — San Francisco’s housing crunch has reached Sacramento.
Faced with a surge in evictions and stratospheric prices for homes and apartments, two San Francisco lawmakers are now pushing separate bills in an effort to amend the state law that property owners used to evict hundreds of households in the city over the last year, often to put the apartments up for sale.
State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, is introducing a bill Monday at the request of Mayor Ed Lee that is designed to prevent speculators from buying up apartment buildings, kicking out the tenants, and flipping the units for sale.
Leno’s bill, which would apply only to San Francisco, would force buyers to own a building for at least five years before they evict tenants using the Ellis Act, a state law that allows an owner to kick out renters if he or she takes the building off the rental market… (more)
This seems like the first reasonable approach that should curb flipping houses, and could calm the rate of increasing costs.
Bill to allow moratoriums
State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, on Friday introduced a bill that would allow local jurisdictions – through the Board of Supervisors or a public vote – to enact a moratorium on Ellis Act evictions when the housing supply can’t keep pace with demand. Ammiano’s bill, AB2405, would also hide no-fault evictions from tenant records or credit checks… (more)
The problem with a moratorium is that is the way we got here in the first place. Turning development on and off rather than regulating it and allowing a slower constant pace makes it easier for communities to absorb changes.