Newsom vetoes eviction protection legislation 

Mayor Gavin Newsom has vetoed legislation that would extend “just cause” eviction protections to nearly all renters in San Francisco.

The legislation, introduced by Supervisor John Avalos, extends those protections — which are currently in place for tenants living in units built prior to June 1979 — to those living in units built after that time period.

Tenants in units built prior to June 1979 are covered by The City’s rent-control ordinance.

The hotly debated proposal was praised by tenant advocacy groups for eliminating arbitrary evictions and bringing equality to renters. But landlords blasted the proposal for adding restrictions to their properties, and warned some owners will simply decide not to rent out their units.

The Board of Supervisors voted 7-3 to approve the legislation. It takes eight votes to override a mayoral veto.
Newsom’s veto is expected to prevail.

In the veto letter, Newsom said the legislation would benefit only a small group of tenants and “would be at the expense of homeowners and builders who relied upon existing law when deciding whether to rent their homes or units.”

The letter says the legislation would also stifle new construction in The City. It “would have a chilling effect on the financing of new housing development,” Newsom wrote.

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