31 Aug '13, 4pm

Fantastic counter-programming SF read from @laurensmiley -- Sympathy for the Landlord

Then there are the city’s tight eviction controls. In most other parts of the Bay Area, landlords are like employers in a right-to-work state—they can fire a tenant at will. In San Francisco, tenants with rent control are the equivalent of union workers—they can be booted only for “just cause”: for example, failure to pay rent, habitual late payments, breach of lease, or being a nuisance. The law also provides a couple of “no fault” reasons to evict: The owner or his family want to move in, or the owner wants to take his units off the rental market altogether as permitted under the 1985 Ellis Act. In both of those scenarios, the landlord is required to pay out a city-mandated relocation fee. Disabled and senior tenants have additional protections, so in some cases they’re all but impossible to kick out. The effect of these laws is all kinds of distortion in the market. Lan...

Full article: http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/sympathy-...

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