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SF Teachers, Students Could Be (Mostly) Eviction-Proof

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Under proposed law, most no-fault evictions would be barred during the school year

A bill that would protect San Francisco teachers, non-teacher education workers, and students from eviction during the school year is winding its way through the city’s legislature. The proposed ordinance (with the snappy title of "No-Fault Eviction Protections During School Year") goes to the Board of Supervisor’s Land Use and Transportation Committee today, after first being proposed back in February.

If eventually passed, it will bar landlords from implementing no-fault evictions "if a child under 18 or a person who works at a school in San Francisco resides in the rental unit." That means no "owner move-in, condominium conversion, removal of rental unit, capital improvement," or "substantial rehabilitation" evictions.

Eviction due to legally required seismic retrofitting could still happen, as could tenant fault evictions like lease violations. This would only apply to tenants who have lived in the unit for at least a year.

In the past, San Francisco’s teachers’ union has estimated that educators living in the city pay as much as 70 percent of their monthly income toward the rent. The San Francisco Examiner reports that in a recent survey, 40 percent of city teachers fear "losing their home in the near future." Glassdoor.com reports that the average public teacher in San Francisco makes a little over $56,000 a year.

Last year, Mayor Ed Lee proposed building a 100-unit public housing project exclusively for teachers, but that’s still a dream at this stage. The city does offer grants to help teachers buy homes in San Francisco, but the sum is only $20,000, in a city where the average home now sells for over a million dollars.