Eviction Protection in San Francisco
If your apartment building was built before 1979 and has two or more units, then you are covered by the San Francisco Rent Ordinance. The Rent Ordinance gives two protections: rent protection and eviction protection. Under the eviction protection portion of the Rent Ordinance, the landlord can only evict for one of 15 reasons – called just causes. The landlord cannot evict without a just cause. They cannot lock you out or throw your stuff out on the street.
Here are the 15 just causes:
(1) Failure to pay;
(2) Breach of a covenant in a lease;
(3) The tenant is creating a Nuisance; See Landlord Nuisance
(4) The tenant is using the rental unit for any illegal purpose;
(5) The tenant, who had an oral or written agreement with the landlord which has terminated, has refused after written request or demand by the landlord to execute a written extension or renewal thereof for a further term of like duration and under such terms which are materially the same as in the previous agreement;
(6) The tenant has, after written notice, refused the landlord access to the rental unit;
(7) The tenant holding at the end of the term of the oral or written agreement is a subtenant not approved by the landlord;
(8) The owner seeks to move into the unit, or if the landlord is already living there or seeking to live there, the owner seeks to move a relative into a second unit; See Owner Move-In Evictions
(9) The landlord seeks to recover possession in good faith in order to sell the unit in accordance with a condominium conversion;
(10) The landlord seeks to recover possession in good faith in order to demolish or to otherwise permanently remove the rental unit from housing use;
(11) The landlord seeks in good faith to remove temporarily the unit from housing use in order to be able to carry out capital improvements or rehabilitation work and has obtained all the necessary permits; See Your Rights in a Capital Improvements Eviction
(12) The landlord seeks to recover possession in good faith in order to carry out substantial rehabilitation and has obtained all the necessary permits;
(13) The landlord wishes to withdraw from rent or lease all rental units within any detached physical structure; See Your Rights in an Ellis Act Eviction
(14) The landlord seeks in good faith to temporarily recover possession of the unit solely for the purpose of effecting lead remediation;
(15) The landlord seeks to recover possession in good faith in order to demolish or to otherwise permanently remove the rental unit from housing use in accordance with the terms of a development agreement entered into by the City under Chapter 56 of the San Francisco Administrative Code.
A landlord who lives in the same unit with a tenant may evict without a just cause.
A master tenant cannot evict without just cause, unless the master tenant follows strict guidelines.