San Francisco’s ordinance requiring landlords to pay enhanced relocation assistance amounts to tenants evicted under the Ellis Act is pre-empted by that Act. This decision affirms a judgment holding that San Francisco’s ordinance requiring landlords to pay enhanced relocation assistance amounts to tenants displaced when the landlords exercise their rights under the Ellis Act to exit the rental market conflicts with and is preempted by the Ellis Act. The enhanced relocation assistance payments imposed a prohibitive price on the landlords’ exercise of their Ellis Act right to withdraw units from rental use.
California Court of Appeal, First District, Division 5 (Jones, P.J.); March 21, 2017; 2017 WL 1057315