Anyone looking for affordable rentals in the Bay Area knows, they’re very hard to come by these days. The booming tech economy and sky high rents have turned San Francisco into the second-least affordable rental market in the United States.
Sales prices have shot up 22 percent over the last few years and the median monthly rent is $3400. Evictions, under the state’s Ellis Act, are also on the rise. According to a recent report from the San Francisco budget analyst, they’re up 170 percent since 2010.
The Ellis Act, which was enacted in 1986, allows landlords to evict even long-term tenants in order to take units off the market – either to sell them or move in. Now, a coalition of lawmakers is pushing for changes to the state law driving many of the evictions.
What proposals are on the table? Would amending the Ellis Act help alleviate San Francisco’s housing crisis?
David Campos, Supervisor representing San Francisco’s District 9.
Debra Carlton, Senior Vice President Public Affairs, California Apartment Association