Has there been any work to reform the Ellis Act?
In 2015, State Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat who represents San Francisco, proposed SB 364 – legislation that would require San Francisco landlords to own a rental property for at least five years before evicting tenants. A Senate committee rejected the measure in a 6 to 5 vote.
Senator Leno also proposed a similar bill in 2014 that failed in committee.
He blamed the San Francisco and California Association of Realtors’ financial pressure on state politicians as the primary reason that his measures have failed to pass. “They have put extraordinary energy against lobbying against this statewide,” said Leno. “It is well documented that they are major contributors every election cycle. The threat is, you’re not with us, we’ll be against you.”