Fighting eviction – Temporary measure

In a move to prevent nonprofit groups from being turned out of their offices, a San Francisco Board of Supervisors member hopes to temporarily block landlords from replacing nonprofit tenants with businesses, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Oct. 27.

Supervisor Michael Yaki’s legislation would affect a portion of downtown where many nonprofits are being forced from their offices by landlords in favor of businesses, which can pay higher rents.

If approved, the legislation would place a year-long freeze on the ability of landlords to rent to new commercial tenants.

Landlords also would be forced to rent vacant space to specific organizations, including social service groups, medical clinics and child care centers.

Nonprofits welcomed the proposal as a positive step but fear it will not take effect soon enough to save groups already losing their leases due to the rent increases.

To take effect, the legislation would require a majority vote of the Board of Supervisors and the signature of Mayor Willie Brown.

For full story, go to the San Francisco Chronicle. 

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