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The Ellis Act Hurts San Francisco's
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Real Estate Speculators' Greed Leads To Unjust Evictions

 

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Posted on September 1, 2012

 

A few weeks ago I sent a letter to my San Francisco supervisor, Scott Wiener. In this letter I described my situation and the fact that the new owners of my building have been trying to get me to move and have threatened use of an Ellis eviction if I did not accept a buyout amount and agree to move. I also proposed possible legislation that I thought might curb the real estate speculation that results in Ellis evictions for senior and/or disabled tenants in this city.

 

My proposed legislation is:

 

The San Francisco Planning Dept. is not permitted by law to approve a "Change of Use" or "Merger" permit for any building that is currently, or was just prior to eviction, under rent-control if a senior and/or disabled person eligible for protected tenant status resides in the building or had recently resided in the building prior to being evicted.

 

Hopefully, such legislation would at least limit real estate speculators evicting protected tenants and limit further loss of yet more affordable rental housing units.

 

Today I received an e-mail response from Scott and I was a little disappointed in his reply; however, I know he is quite busy, especially with the election coming up. I'll wait until after the election and contact him again to see if his office has come up with any solutions. By that time I should have this website up and I can provide him with the address so he can access more information regarding my cause.

 

Subject: Your letter
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:14:37 -0700
From: Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org
To:
CC: Andres.Power@sfgov.org


Hi Jeremy. I received your letter. I'm not sure if there's anything we can do, but my office will look into it. I'm very sorry to hear about your situation. That's really awful.

 

Scott Wiener
Supervisor, District 8
(415) 554-6968

 

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Posted on September 6, 2012

 

I got a knock on the front door of my apartment today, and when I opened the door is was my landlord, Mr. Cu Mai, and he hand-delivered paperwork indicating that the owners of the building would be filing with the San Francisco Rent Board their intention of invoking the Ellis Act effective September 10, 2012 to in effect "go out of the rental business" along with an eviction notice effective the same date. I have since contacted a lawyer with the Tenderloin Housing Clinic who was highly recommended by the senior counselor from the Housing Rights Committee of SF, Tommi, and requested a meeting to see if he could take my case to fight my eviction. Although expected for quite some time, the reality of actually being evicted is not a pleasant feeling.

 
 
Posted on September 14, 2012

 

Today I met with, Steve Collier, a housing rights attorney with the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. He has decided to take my case pro bono due to my low income status.

 
 
Posted on October 30, 2012

 

Today I spoke with Tommi at the Housing Rights Committee of SF, regarding this website. I sent him the link and asked for his critique before I go public with it. He said he thinks it's great and he reiterated his support for my cause and for my desire to highlight that my Ellis eviction is just a part of what's become a growing problem for many senior and/or disabled tenants, especially in the Castro lately but also in the city at large, and thus the need for legislation.