Evictions on the Rise in San Francisco

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A new study by the San Francisco budget analyst finds that the number of evictions jumped 38 percent between 2010 and 2013. Evictions under the state's Ellis Act, which allows landlords to evict tenants in order to take units off the market, increased even more sharply. But apartment owners point out that eviction numbers are actually well below their 2000 level. As part of our Priced Out series on the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we discuss evictions and rent laws in San Francisco.


Sara Shortt, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, a tenants rights organization that offers free counseling for San Francisco tenants

Marla Bastien Knight, tenant facing Ellis Act Eviction

Janan New, executive director of the San Francisco Apartment Association

Jeanne, San Francisco landlord