New Enhanced Relocation Payments for Ellis Act Evictions


Last week, San Francisco approved enhanced relocation payments for tenants displaced by Ellis Act evictions. The ordinance resembles last year’s “Campos Amendment”, which sought to align relocation payments with rental rate differentials (i.e., the difference between what displaced tenants had been paying and what they would be paying on the open market).

In an effort to address the constitutional problems that led to the law being overturned last year, the latest modification to the Rent Ordinance caps the enhanced payment at $50,000 per unit, and only requires it where tenants to be displaced confirm that they will use the enhanced relocation payment for housing related expenses.