An aspiring data journalist grad student at Stanford compiled info on all 8,859 eviction notices served in San Francisco since 2011. This presumably cheerful chore by Saurabh Datar, writing for Stanford’s Peninsula Press, netted a mother lode of info.
Some of the info is unsurprising: The neighborhoods with the most evictions are the Mission, Sunset, SOMA, and Tenderloin. Those with the least are Seacliff, Mission Bay, Japantown, and Glen Park, where relatively few people live in the first place.
Eviction rates have gone up every year. Of course, the population has been going up, so that’s to be expected. But a 60 percent hike in five years is a bit outside the curve. Last year, 97 people were served breach of lease evictions in the Tenderloin. Five years ago, that number was 12.
Did TL residents really get eight times as sloppy? Or are landlords pouncing on any pretext to move their old, poor tenants out? The numbers alone don’t say (technically).
SOMA is the only neighborhood where redevelopment is the top eviction cause, accounting for 43 percent of oustings. Ellis Act evictions are most common in the Mission, where the act was behind nearly 20 percent of notices served. Owner move-in is the top cause in the Sunset, popping up 27 percent of the time.
Also of note: The tiny Lakeshore District is an eviction hotspot. Almost all of the 475 notices were served in Parkmerced, and 451 of those cited breach of lease. There 199 in 2011 alone.
You can find all the granular details here. In the meantime, we’ve ranked every San Francisco neighborhood by volume of evictions:
Mission: 908 (175 Ellis Act)
Sunset: 572 (157 owner move-ins)
SOMA: 539 (232 developments)
Tenderloin: 497 (202 nuisance complaints)
Outer Richmond: 458
Nob Hill: 356
Hayes Valley: 297
Bernal Heights: 244
Pacific Heights: 242
Russian Hill: 257
North Beach: 235
Noe Valley: 214
Inner Sunset: 208
Inner Richmond: 200
Lone Mountain: 181
West of Twin Peaks: 173
Western Addition: 167
Outer Mission: 154
Potrero Hill: 136
Visitacion Valley: 99
Twin Peaks: 73
Presidio Heights: 68
Financial District/South Beach: 55
Glen Park: 35 (12 owner move-ins)
Japantown: 18 (seven lease breaches)
Mission Bay: 11 (five nuisance complaints)
Seacliff: 11 (three owner move-ins)