An interesting legal challenge to California rent regulations to keep an eye on: California property owners are allowed by State law to evict all their tenants if they are taking the property off the rental market. San Francisco’s new ordinance requiring two years of relocation payments is being challenged by the San Francisco Apartment Association on constitutional grounds.
It seems to be the same story everywhere: give tenants’ rights and chances are, at least one person will abuse them. Two particular cases in Southern California are certainly egregious cases, but nevertheless, tenants are abusing the system throughout the country. One tenant noted in this story landed on California’s Vexatious Litigant List, which identifies people who are known to bring frivolous lawsuits. How about a Vexatious Litigants List for New York?
It should not take owners several months and thousands of dollars to evict nightmare tenants such as these two. Between court fees and loss of rent, the numbers add up. Perhaps it is time to reevaluate the system and make sure that owners can easily have protections from intolerable tenants.