Judge upholds San Francisco ban on evictions during COVID-19 pandemic

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – A big win for renters in San Francisco.

A superior court judge upholds the city’s ban on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Landlord groups sued the city back in June calling the law unconstitutional overreach.

District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston says this eviction ban is necessary to keep people who are struggling from being thrown out on the street but some landlords argue the legislation is unfair.

San Francisco tenants struggling to pay rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic are off the hook for now.

A superior court judge striking down a challenge from landlords keeping a permanent ban on evictions in place. 

“Really big win and just a huge relief for tenants across the city,” Preston said.

In a district overwhelmingly filled with renters, city Supervisor Dean Preston says he introduced the legislation to protect people. 

He feared without COVID-19 rent forgiveness, a wave of evictions would follow.

The small property owners of San Francisco weighed in on their failed attempt at suing the city over the eviction ban saying:

“We are very disappointed in the decision. We are not looking for ways to evict people.  We simply want the same rights and access to the state courts that any other citizens have. The county board of supervisors has overstepped their legal authority,”

“They have the right to appeal and maybe they’ll do that but that’s up to them in the meantime we know that for the foreseeable future this law will take effect and stop many evictions,” Preston said.

Preston has maintained, the law does not mean the rent is wiped out.

Renters will still have to eventually pay what’s owed but without any late fees or interest.

“Most tenants are still paying their rent but for those who can’t they shouldn’t lose their homes,” Preston said.

Landlords looking to collect the rent will have to do so in small claims court or through a collection agency.

They argue those methods are costly and ultimately–harmful.

CLICK HERE to see the court documents.

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