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San Francisco County, CA November 3, 1998 General
Measure G
Project Notification (Owner Move-In Eviction Limitations)
City of San Francisco

121,249 / 55.30% Yes votes ...... 97,850 / 44.60% No votes

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Shall the City impose new restrictions on owner move-in evictions and make permanent the existing moratorium on owner move-in evictions of long-term senior, disabled, or catastrophically ill tenants?
Summary Prepared by League of Women Voters of San Francisco:
Ordinance Placed on the ballot by Voter Initiative.

PRINCIPAL PROVISIONS: Proposition G would change the owner move-in (OMI) provisions of the rent control law. It would

  • (1) limit landlord evictions to one per building;
  • (2) allow evictions for relative move-ins only if the landlord lives in or is trying to move into the same building;
  • (3) require the landlord or relative to move in within 3 months and occupy the unit for 36 continuous months for an eviction to be legal;
  • (4) limit an OMI eviction if the landlord has a vacant comparable unit in the building;
  • (5) require a landlord to offer a tenant being evicted another available rental unit at a rent comparable to the original rental unit;
  • (6) provide that a domestic partner has rights as a "spouse";
  • (7) permanently ban the evictions of long-term senior, disabled and terminally ill tenants.

Under current law an owner in good faith may evict a tenant from a unit that the landlord or close relative will occupy. The tenant may not be evicted if there is a comparable vacant unit in the same building. The landlord or relative must live in the unit for twelve continuous months. If not, the eviction was not in good faith. Since 1983, San Francisco's Condominium Conversion Law in effect limits condominium conversions to 200 a year. It also requires relocation for tenants and requires that tenants be given first choice to buy units. However, by changing how deeds are held, "tenancies in common" are exempt from condominium laws. Limiting owner move-ins to one per building would eliminate the practice of using OMI evictions for tenancies in common in which multiple owners own a building, each living in a separate unit. Proposition G would amend Chapter 37 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, The Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance (the Rent Control Ordinance). Any part of Proposition G could be changed by a vote of the Board of Supervisors without permission of the voters.

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