Mid-Market Tenants Prepare for Ellis Act Eviction

“They’re trying to throw you out of your house, in a place where there are no other houses for you.”

Ronnie Johnson, 49, doesn’t know what she will do if she is evicted from her rent-controlled loft in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood. She’s thinking about moving in with her parents in Washington, or trying to start over in a new city.

In February, Johnson, along with the 22 other residential tenants in her building, received an Ellis Act eviction notice from her landlord, known as 1049 Market St. LLC.

The eviction — one of the largest Ellis Act evictions in the city since the law was enacted in 1985 — comes after several years of legal battles between the tenants of 1049 Market St. and their landlord.

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