Heatmap of Eviction Activity in San Francisco: 1997 -2013
The above heatmap from the Anti Eviction Mapping Project shows the proliferate eviction activity over the past 16 years. In the recent years, the Mission District has seen the fastest growth in evictions made possible through provisions in the Ellis Act, a key mechanism for undermining San Francisco’s rent control laws.
Summary of the provisions of the Ellis Act:
- Landlords can lawfully evict all tenants, even ones in good standing.
- Landlords exploit the Ellis Act by falsely “going out of business” to go around rent control laws and convert their real estate assets into new expensive housing options in the form of group-owned tenancy-in-common flats or condos.
- Condos are exempted from rent protections even if subsequently rented out.
- The building owner can “go out of business” as often as they want.
Rent control still applies to only 46% of total San Francisco housing today, and is shrinking everyday.