SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco have increased 170 percent over the last three years, according to a report made by the city.
The Ellis Act is a California provisional law which provides landlords a legal way to go out of business—allowing them to sell property to another landlord. It’s often used to circumvent municipal rent control.
The report from the city’s budget analyst states that Ellis Act evictions are up 170 percent from February of 2010 to February of this year and that standard evictions are up 38 percent. During this time, home prices in the city have risen 22 percent.
“I don’t think that anyone has a panacea, that there is one way to deal with this crisis. That’s why I think it’s important for us to try different strategies,” said Supervisor David Campos, who requested the report.