Court of Appeal Upholds Ellis Relocation Payments to All Tenants

Court of Appeal Upholds Ellis Relocation Payments to All Tenants

In a decision issued on February 21, 2006 in the case of Pieri v. CCSF (Court of Appeal No. A110571, Superior Court Case No. 505059), the Court of Appeal found that the recent amendment to the Rent Ordinance expanding relocation payments to all tenants evicted under the Ellis Act did not violate the Ellis Act. The Court of Appeal therefore reversed the trial court’s ruling that the expanded relocation ordinance was facially invalid. Rent Ordinance sections 37.9A(e)(3)(A) & (B) require landlords to pay each tenant $4,500.00, with a maximum payment of $13,500.00 per unit. Each elderly or disabled tenant is also entitled to an additional $3,000.00 payment pursuant to section 37.9A(e)(3)(C).