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SF Could Permanently End Coronavirus-Related Evictions

San Francisco Board of Supervisors


San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston has proposed legislation to expand the city’s pandemic-related eviction ban.

Currently, San Francisco renters can’t be evicted during the COVID-19 emergency. But if they can’t pay their landlords now, they could owe months of rent when the crisis lifts. And that could lead to eviction.

This week, Preston introduced a bill that would change that.

“Today we’re taking the next step, which is making sure that tenants, especially vulnerable, low-income tenants, to make sure they have the comfort of knowing that rent due during this COVID-19 crisis will not someday become grounds for eviction,” Preston said.

Tenants would still owe the rent — they just couldn’t be evicted for failure to pay. The proposal would also prevent late fees and other charges from being added.

At a board meeting on Tuesday, Preston said he is supporting state and national efforts to cancel rent debt. But he doesn’t want to wait for statewide action to protect renters.

Ozzy Llinas Goodman is a freelance writer and journalist based in Berkeley. Their reporting interests include the uses and policing of public space, underground communities and solidarity economies, and other topics related to human movement, urban space, and civil rights.