SF Sues 2 Landlords For Tourism Hotel Conversion

Law360, New York (April 24, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT) -- The city of San Francisco filed a pair of lawsuits Wednesday alleging two city landlords illegally converted several rental properties into tourist hotels — after evicting tenants, some of whom were disabled — and subsequently rented the properties on various short-term rental sites.

Defendants in the suit evicted tenants from a handful of properties as early as 2005 by way of the Ellis Act, and between 2009 and 2010 illegally converted some units into tourist hotels and charged unlawful rents for one property, the city alleges. The Ellis Act allows landlords to take properties off the market but subjects properties to various...

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