Eviction Protections 2.0 is now law in San Francisco, after Mayor Ed Lee decided against a veto of the legislation last Friday.
After getting news of a possible veto, hundreds of supporters of the legislation besieged the mayor with emails, calls, notes and visits urging him not to veto the proposal, according to a Causa Justa press release.
The legislation was supported by dozens of faith, labor and community organizations, including the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Causa Justa/Just Cause and the San Francisco Tenants Union.
“This is a huge win for tenants, not just because we have stronger protections against evictions, but because it shows the power of fighting for our homes, of organizing, of caring for our neighbors and our city enough to fight like hell for it,” says Maria Zamudio, Causa Justa housing campaign organizer.
The SF Anti-Displacement Coalition, formed by tenant organizations and allies to organize against San Francisco’s soaring evictions and rent increases, has fought for over a year to push for more tenant protections.
Eviction Protections 2.0, introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim and co-sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos and Eric Mar, will address four ‘loopholes’ activists say are often exploited by landlords in San Francisco.
It will protect tenants from being evicted for minor claims and provide them with additional notice, give additional protections to tenants who request to add roommates to their units, place restrictions on landlords planning to raise rents after implementing no-fault evictions, and require landlords to provide multilingual information about where their tenants can seek help in the case of an eviction.
“As a tenant rights organizations, we are looking forward to helping implement Eviction Protections 2.0 and help keep even more working class long-term tenants of color in their homes. We thank Mayor Ed Lee for having the courage to support this legislation despite pressure from the powerful landlord lobby,” says Zamudio.
Added Candelario Melendez, CJJC member leader, “Eviction Protections 2.0 means that our community will no longer face frivolous, profit-seeking evictions, couched in excuses like a pet turtle as a lease violation, a stroller left in the hallway, or a partner or caretaker moving in. This legislation gives tenants the tools to protect their homes in the face of rampant gentrification and displacement. It’s about time!”