Supes approve eviction protections for foreclosed rental properties 

Legislation that extends just-cause eviction protections to tenants in buildings built post-1979 and have gone into foreclosure was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

The legislation, introduced by Supervisor John Avalos, is a toned-down version of legislation that would have extended just-cause eviction protections to all units built post-1979. That legislation was successfully vetoed by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Avalos said the legislation approved Tuesday would “extend the existing just cause eviction protections to rental property that was created after 1979 where a foreclosure has occurred.”

He said that in 2008 there were 75 buildings where tenants were notified that their buildings were in foreclosure. The legislation ensures that within 15 days after a foreclosure tenants are notified of their rights to continue living in the building “without threat of eviction without just cause.”

The current program, according to a statement from Avalos’ office, leads to situations where “tenants living in these units can be evicted arbitrarily after banks take ownership of the property. Foreclosures in newly built condos that have been rented due to market changes are on the rise. Tenants are universally being evicted by faceless banks who acquire the properties.”

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