Federal District Court Strikes Ordinance Amendment re Increased Relocation Payments to Tenants in Ellis Evictions

The Board of Supervisors amended the Rent Ordinance effective June 1, 2014 to require landlords to pay increased relocation payments to tenants evicted under the Ellis Act. On October 21, 2014 the U.S District Court found the new amendment unconstitutional on its face and enjoined the City from enforcing the new law. (The court's order in Levin v. CCSF, District Court Case no. 03352, is available here.)  The prior Ellis relocation benefits set forth in Rent Ordinance Section 37.9A remain in effect.

The City is appealing the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Pursuant to the District Court's order, the Rent Board will take no action to enforce the increased relocation payment while the court's injunction remains in effect. Any questions concerning the legal effect of the court's ruling on private parties should be directed to private counsel.