Ellis Act

  

 

 

On the December 9th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we're discussing creative responses to displacement. Median rent in San Francisco is over $3,000 a month. The city is now one of the most unequal urban areas in the country. Many long-term renters have been evicted. From 2000 to 2010, San Francisco’s black population dropped by 19 percent. What place does art have in the fight against gentrification? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

 Guests:

Melanie Young

At the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, two dozen residents of North Beach come on a recent Tuesday night to hear from neighbors who have experienced evictions.  

The state’s Ellis Act allows landlords to withdraw from the rental market and evict their tenants.  North Beach has one of the City’s highest Ellis eviction rates.  

Marla Knight, a longtime North Beach resident and co-founder of the North Beach tenants committee welcomed everyone and let them know they were not alone in their concerns about evictions.  

Chinatown Tenants Gather Strength

Jul 15, 2014
Melanie Young

Tenants are facing a tough time in San Francisco. The city has some of the nation’s highest rents and laws like the Ellis Act have made evictions front page news. But there are pockets of affordability, like in Chinatown, where the average rent is one third as much as in other neighborhoods.  

But the neighborhood is also one of the country’s most overcrowded and tenants claim that landlords violate health and safety codes.

  

Ben Trefny

The sharing economy in San Francisco is humming. Companies like Airbnb have figured out how to make a lot of money by using existing housing stock to meet consumer demand, which in Airbnb’s case is coming from tourists. Fast Company magazine declared AirBnB will soon become “the world’s largest hotel chain – without owning a single hotel.”

Liz Mak / KALW

 

Jeremy Mykaels is in his early 60s, and he has AIDS. As a young gay man, he moved to the Castro, where he has lived for almost 40 years. He's been in his Victorian apartment on Noe Street for about half of that time -- but he may not be living here much longer.

Landlord/Tenant Laws and Issues
Guests:  Landlord/tenant attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld.
Listeners with questions or comments for Chuck and his guests call 415-841-4134.
Also tonight is December's Call-A-Lawyer Night. While Your Legal Rights is on-the-air, 7-8pm, please call the off-air number with questions on any law topic attorneys are prepared to discuss: 800-525-9917 for your private consultation.

A Crosscurrents special on the Ellis Act.


Tenancies-in-common: Ashley Lyon

Dec 18, 2013
Melanie Young

  “My name is Ashley Lyon, and I’m a TIC owner. I live in a TIC with my wife and our dog. And we originally purchased our TIC back in 2003. We were both renters at the time and decided that we wanted to set our roots in San Francisco and started looking to see what might available to buy. Prices then were as crazy as they are now. Clearly they’re even crazier now.

 

Ellis Act evictions: Theresa Flandrich

Dec 18, 2013
Melanie Young

  Theresa Flandrich has lived and worked in North Beach for decades. She worked as a nurse at the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center and raised her son in a two bedroom apartment on Lombard Street. In April, 2013, she was evicted under the Ellis Act.

“My name is Theresa Flandrich. I live in North Beach on Lombard Street. I’ve lived here for 30 years. In April of this year I received an Ellis act notice that I will be evicted.

Tenancies-in-common: Jennifer Grant

Dec 18, 2013

  “My name is Jennifer Grant. I’m an office manager at a small nonprofit in San Francisco. I work at our family coalition. We work with LGBTQ-headed families with children.

 

“I live in a TIC in the North Panhandle. And I’ve lived there with my family for eight years.

 

“We wanted to have a home that was big enough for four of us. And we wanted to be in a neighborhood we thought would be family friendly.  And TIC is all we could afford.

 

Tenancies-in-common: Darren Bridgett

Dec 18, 2013
Melanie Young

  “My name is Darren Bridgett, and I live in a TIC with my wife and son in Cole Valley, and we’ve been here for I think five years now. Maybe close to six.

 

“I’m an actor and in the arts, and my wife is a psychotherapist. She’s co-director of Haight Ashbury Psychological Services. It provides psychological services for essentially like low-fee clients, kind of like the working poor.

 

Leila Day

If you walk down Mission Street this weekend you’ll see family members holding pictures of loved ones in one hand and candles in another. You may see ofrendas--small altars set up to pay tribute to people who have passed away. It’s a tradition that’s been present in the Mission for years, but how it’s celebrated depends on who you ask.

  

San Francisco’s latest survey of its homeless children and adults found that 29% of them were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, while only about 15% of the city’s overall population is LGBT. So Monday, the city holds its first-ever LGBTQ Connect, a targeted version of its Project Homeless Connect events that help low-income people find housing and a wide range of services. Tonight on Out in the Bay, Eric Jansen’s guests are Project Homeless Connect program director Emily Cohen and AIDS Housing Alliance SF director Brian Basinger, instrumental in creating LGBTQ Connect. Tune in 7pm Thursday to learn about the services to be offered Monday at LGBTQ Connect and for a discussion about what "homeless" means in today's economy, why LGBT people have a hard time in homeless shelters and a hard time getting services, how evictions are disproportionately affecting LGBT people, and how San Francisco and other cities are addressing these challenges.