Judge Finds Amended Ellis Relocation Ord. Illegal
Superior Court Judge Finds Amended Ellis Relocation Ordinance Is Illegal.
On April 25, 2005, Judge Warren ruled that the recent amendment to the Rent Ordinance expanding relocation payments to all tenants evicted under the Ellis Act violated the Ellis Act since the cost of relocation could potentially prevent an owner from going out of the rental business. The City has sixty days to appeal the court's ruling. If the court's ruling that the amended relocation ordinance is illegal is upheld, then the prior relocation ordinance limiting relocation payments to low-income households and elderly and disabled tenants would be back in effect.