Appeals court affirms rejection of SF law requiring exorbitant tenant-relocation fees

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San Francisco landlords who use the Ellis Act to exit the rental housing business should not have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in additional tenant-relocation fees, an appellate court has ruled.

In 2015, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance requiring landlords to pay up to $50,000 to cover any rent increases tenants evicted under the Ellis Act incur over a two-year period.

That same year, a Superior Court judge ruled that the requirement was …

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