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After hours of public testimony and debate, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday voted to eliminate RUBS in rent-controlled housing. RUBS is short for ratio-utility-billing systems, which some property owners use to divide utility bills among tenants based on the number of renters in the building or square footage. At Tuesday’s meeting, the council also approved changes to the city’s “just cause” eviction ordinance and an ordinance related to the Ellis Act. The council is expected to formally approve the changes with a another reading of the ordinances May 8.

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Amid fierce opposition from CAA, lawmakers have once again fallen short in their efforts to weaken California’s Ellis Act – the 1985 law that protects a property owner’s right to exit the rental housing business. Since 1985, the Ellis Act has provided an important safety valve for landlords operating in rent controlled jurisdictions, guaranteeing they can walk away from the business when rent control becomes too burdensome.

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The Legislature has scheduled hearings this month on a pair of bills that target the Ellis Act, landmark legislation that protects a property owner’s right to exit the rental housing business. The Ellis Act, passed in 1985, provides an important safety valve for landlords operating in rent controlled jurisdictions.

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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.

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For the third consecutive year, bills have surfaced to modify California’s Ellis Act, the 1985 law that protects a property owner’s right to leave the rental housing business, an important safety valve for property owners in rent controlled jurisdictions. One of the proposals, AB 982, would expand the number of tenants who are entitled to …

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An appellate court Monday upheld important rights of San Francisco rental property owners under the state’s Ellis Act, a state law that allows property owners to leave the rental housing business. The Ellis Act ensures a property owner’s ability to take a building off the rental market and convert the units to condominiums or single-family homes. The  First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco affirmed Monday that a 2014 ordinance passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors would have violated the Ellis Act. In the 3-0 ruling, Justice Martin Jenkins said that the ordinance “prevents landowners from exercising… Read More

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Thanks to a court ruling, San Francisco landlords who use the Ellis Act to leave the rental housing business won’t have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in additional tenant relocation fees. Under a San Francisco ordinance authored by Supervisor David Campos, landlords using the Ellis Act were required to pay tenants up to $50,000 to cover any rent increases the evicted tenants incur over a two-year period. Superior court Judge Ronald Quidachay, however, determined that the terms of Campos’ ordinance were unreasonable. Read more about it in this San Francisco Chronicle  article. The state Ellis Act, passed in… Read More

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For the second straight year, state Sen. Mark Leno has conceded defeat on a bill aimed at weakening the Ellis Act, legislation that protects a landlord’s right to leave the rental housing business. Acknowledging the collapse of SB 364 this year, Leno said he’ll take it up again in January, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. More than a month ago, SB 364 failed to advance from the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, where the California Apartment Association mounted fierce opposition. The bill would undermine a landlord’s right to leave San Francisco’s rental housing business. The proposal would make many rental… Read More

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A bill that threatens to undermine a landlord’s right to leave San Francisco’s rental housing business stalled Tuesday in its first committee hearing. The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee voted 6 to 5 against SB 364 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. Leno requested and was granted reconsideration, meaning it’s still possible that he’ll get the necessary six yes votes to advance the bill to the Judiciary Committee. The bill, opposed by the California Apartment Association during Tuesday’s hearing, takes aim at the Ellis Act, landmark legislation passed in 1985 that bars local governments from making property owners stay in… Read More

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Since July 2014, San Francisco has seen 33 Ellis Act eviction notices, according to the Rent Board. This marks a steep decline in use of the Ellis Act.  Month  Ellis eviction notices  Jan. 2015  4  Dec. 2014  17  Nov. 2014  8  Oct. 2014  1  Sept. 2014  0  Aug. 2014  1  July 2014  2

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