D9 Supervisor David Campos sent this press release to Bernalwood yesterday:
Saying that we cannot rely solely on Sacramento to solve our affordability crisis, Supervisor David Campos (D9) will introduce a local solution at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting to help Ellis Act-evicted tenants afford to stay in San Francisco.
The ordinance will require landlords who evict using the Ellis Act to pay the difference between the tenant’s rental rate prior to eviction and what would have been the market rate for that unit for two years. This ensures that relocation payments adequately represent true market costs and allow displaced tenants who would face dramatically higher rent costs the opportunity to stay in San Francisco.
Currently, landlords are required to pay relocation assistance amounts of approximately $5,261 per tenant capped at $15,783 per unit. Landlords must also pay an additional amount of approximately $3,508 for each displaced elderly or disabled tenant. The Campos law would keep the current law as a minimum, but in most cases, would make relocation reflect market increases.
“Almost every renter in San Francisco is just one eviction notice away from being displaced from our city,” said Supervisor Campos. “It is time that we recognize that tenants must receive assistance that is commensurate with market increases in rent if we are to truly address our affordability crisis and check the rampant growth of Ellis Act evictions.”
San Francisco housing prices have become increasingly unaffordable. The median home price has recently topped $1 million and according to a Budget & Legislative Analyst report on the displacement crisis in San Francisco, the median rental rate for all apartments in 2013 was $3,414. The City’s rent controlled housing stock, the largest stock of price controlled housing in the City, is under attack by speculators that use the Ellis Act to evict long term tenants and sell the units off at enormous profit margins. The current relocation assistance rates would barely allow a tenant to afford three months of rent in San Francisco and so most evicted tenants are leaving the City they have called home for decades.
“I will continue to work with Assemblymember Ammiano to pass State legislation placing an outright moratorium on Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco. In the meantime, we need local solutions now to assist San Franciscans who are being displaced today,” said Supervisor Campos.
The Chronicle has a story about the Campos proposal, along with a discussion of some of its potential pros and cons.
Also, a piece of paper we found taped to a pole told us D9 Supervisor David Campos will speak at a housing forum tonight, 6:30 pm at BHNC on Cortland.
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