Governor Gray Davis signs legislation to reduce evictions of senior and disabled tenants. Requiring a minimum of a year of notice on elderly evictions evoking the Ellis Act.
One or more scans of original printed documents are included here. To read the text of these documents, please activate the Read the Text tab.
TENDERLOIN HOUSING CLINIC
Main Office: 126 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
FAX (415) 771-1287
RANDALL M. SHAW
STEPHEN L. COLLIER
TIMOTHY J. LEE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 8, 1998
Randy Shaw (415) 771-9850
Governor Signs Law Restricting Ellis Act Evictions
Governor Gray Davis has signed critical legislation that will help reduce the evictions of senior and disabled tenants under the Ellis Act.
SB 948, sponsored by State Senator Richard Alarcon, requires that landlords invoking the Ellis Act provide one year’s notice to senior and disabled tenants. The measure also overturns court rulings that had enabled Ellis to preempt local anti-demolition laws.
According to Tenderloin Housing Clinic Director Randy Shaw, San Francisco tenants will particularly benefit from the new law. “The eviction of seniors like Lola McKay under the Ellis Act has aroused widespread public anger. The new law creates a major roadblock for real estate speculators who have been buying buildings with senior and disabled tenants, issuing Ellis evictions, and then quickly reselling the units to tenants-in-common. SB 948 is a critical first step in correcting the misuse of the Ellis Act.
State Senate President John Burton led the effort to pass SB 948, fighting vigorously to address the concerns of his San Francisco constituents.