San Francisco Landlords Sued Over Renter Eviction

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    Stephanie Chuang
    FILE ART - Hundreds of San Francisco tenants are getting forced out through what’s known as an “Ellis Act” eviction.

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against several San Francisco landlords he alleges wrongfully evicted disabled renters to turn their apartments into short-term rentals marketed on Airbnb and other sites.
     
    The suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court Wednesday alleges the landlords illegally converted residential apartments into commercial tourist lodging without first obtaining a conditional use permit.
     
    The complaint said the landlords evicted tenants - including some who were disabled -  citing the Ellis Act, a state law that allows evictions if properties are withdrawn from the residential rental market.
     
    A message left at a number listed for property owners Darren and Valerie Lee was not immediately returned Wednesday.

    Tamara Yurovsky, who managed the online listing for the properties of another set of defendants, said she could not immediately comment on the allegations.