California's Ellis Act is out of control. When the Ellis Act was adopted, proponents claimed it would rarely be used to evict tenants. For ten years, that was true. But then real estate speculators starting abusing the Ellis Act to turn a quick profit by evicting long-term tenants and selling the units. Ellis Act evictions are now surging. In San Francisco and Los Angeles in particular, thousands of rent-controlled tenants are being displaced by Ellis Act evictions. The stories are heartbreaking, including a recent high-profile case of seniors and a disabled adult daughter who were thrown out of their long-term Chinatown home by a serial evictor. Click here for more information.
Enough is enough. The time for Ellis Act reform is now. Sign our public petition to save homes for low-income renters:
For months, groups in San Francisco have been fighting back against the latest surge of Ellis Act evictions. The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AMP), a non-profit collective housed within the San Francisco Tenants Union, just released its newest map of no-fault evictions. The numbers of no-fault evictions in San Francisco from 1997 to 2013 are stunning: 3693
due to Ellis Act, 6952 due to owner move-in, and 1121 due to demolition. Grassroots organizations like Eviction Free San Francisco have been consistently protesting unfair evictions since the summer, and now local politicians have responded positively to the call to address the crisis. The issue has received national attention. Thanks to effective organizing on the issue, the time is now to reform at the state level.
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