By Joshua Sabatini : SFExaminer – excerpt
As real estate prices have soared amid San Francisco’s technology boom in the past six years, so have evictions.
Despite efforts by city officials to protect tenants from losing their homes — including lobbying for reform of the state Ellis Act that allows landlords to evict tenants to take units off the rental market, regulating tenant buyouts and strengthening nuisance eviction protections — overall evictions continued to increase.
The latest annual eviction report released this month by the San Francisco Rent Board shows evictions continued to climb each year since a 13-year low in 2010, when evictions totaled just 1,269. That’s far below the 2,878 evictions during the height of the first dot.com boom at the turn of the 21st century.
San Francisco has yet to reach that peak year in terms of evictions, but each year since 2010, The City has gotten closer.
“The housing crisis continues,” said Tommi Avicolli Mecca, director of counseling programs for the Human Rights Committee, a tenant advocate group. “It’s still with us. There’s still this speculating going on. I don’t see things changing.”
There were 2,376 evictions filed with the Rent Board between March 2015 and February 2016, according to the March 8 annual eviction report. The total is actually 2,134, because 242 evictions were for one day of asbestos abatement in a single apartment complex, the report said. Still, that’s an increase from last year’s 2,120 evictions.
Evictions filed using the Ellis Act increased from 113 to 154 between the March 2014 to February 2015 and March 2015 to February 2016 period. Other significant increases include owner move-in evictions, which rose from 343 last year to 417… (more)