Eviction Crisis 2015: Trends, Impacts, Real Stories

mapSan Francisco’s Eviction Crisis 2015: A Report by SFADC

From the report:

“San Francisco’s housing and affordability crisis has been bad for years but new data and reports from the field show that it about to get even worse.  New data from the Rent Board shows that efforts to evict tenants are reaching levels not seen in over a decade..   This report provides new insights into the eviction trends, discusses emerging patterns in landlord abuses, and the price that the evictions are having on every neighborhood in the city.

“San Francisco Rent Board’s most recently published data on evictions reflects the extent and nature of the crisis.  According to the Rent Board’s Annual Eviction report, there were 2120 notices of evictions filed with the rent board for the year ending February 28, 2015 — a 54.7% increase over the past five years

“This report, based upon published and unpublished data from the Rent Board, provides more specific insights into the types of evictions justifications that are forcing tenants from their homes.   We review the historic trends in evictions and discuss how landlords are abusing loopholes in the city’s rent control ordinance to evict innocent tenants.  And we seek to provide some of the stories of real people whose lives are being impacted…

Finally we conclude with a forecast for the future.  Based upon present trends and absent a more robust policy response to the present crisis, it appears likely that the rates of eviction will dramatically increase this year, resulting in even more massive displacement and gentrification.



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