SF To Consider Expanding Rent Regulation Coverage To All Residences; Renting Out House To Tenant Could Become Iffy Proposition For Homeowners
In San Francisco, California, the San Francsico Chronicle reports:
- San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is getting ready to vote on a proposal that would make it difficult and costly - in some cases, impossible - for property owners who have rented out their homes to move back into them.
- At issue is a proposal by Supervisor John Avalos that would extend certain eviction protections to tenants living in residences built after 1979. Avalos and tenants' rights advocates characterize the proposal, which is expected to come up for a key committee hearing today, as a matter of fairness for tenants living in relatively modern buildings, which are not covered by the city's most stringent rent regulations. They suggest it could be particularly helpful to tenants in condominiums that are facing foreclosure.
For more, see Landlords could be locked out.
For story update, see S.F. tenants' victory likely to be short-lived:
- Tenant advocates got a win at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday with initial approval of a plan to extend eviction protections to rental housing built within the past 30 years - but the victory is expected to be short-lived. Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to veto the legislation, according to spokesman Joe Arellano, and the board, which voted 7-4, was one vote shy of securing a veto-proof majority.
(1) According to the story, the city's sweeping rent control laws of 1979 included provisions that allowed evictions only when a landlord could establish "just cause," which includes nonpayment of rent, illegal activity in the residence and other breaches of lease. Owners who want to move into their own homes must pay relocation benefits of $5,000 per adult tenant - and an additional $3,300 to households with children, the story states. Even then, a challenge to the landlord's "just cause" can reportedly add thousands of dollars in legal fees or settlement costs - or, if the tenant is elderly, disabled or catastrophically ill, he or she might not be able to be evicted at all. "In San Francisco, it's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a homeowner to move into his home," said Bart Murphy, a rent board commissioner. But, reportedly, those rules only apply to units that existed when the 1979 rules were passed.