Between March 2013 and the end of February 2014, landlords in San Francisco filed 1,977 eviction notices — the most since Kozmo.com was still a thing in 2001. Meanwhile, use of the dreaded Ellis Act has nearly doubled in the past year.
Despite its reputation as the evict-and-flip tactic du jour, Ellis Act evictions only made up 11 percent of the nearly 2,000 evictions in the past year, according to the Examiner. While that number may seem low given how much press the Ellis Act gets, the San Francisco Tenants Unit claims that for each Ellis Act eviction filed, five more renters are ousted by landlords simply threatening to evict them under the Ellis Act. Similarly, more than half of the evictions in 2013 were considered legitimate and were justified by either unpaid rent, "committing a nuisance," or lease agreement violations.
So, at the very least, it would behoove apartment dwellers to stay on their landlord's good side.