Tech Digerati's Top Tenant-Tossing Landlords Outed in San Francisco

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There’s a word in San Francisco for when a tenant gets evicted from a rental unit without cause. It’s called getting “Ellised,” coined for the Ellis Act, the 1985 California law that permits property owners to kick out tenants if the owner takes the dwelling off the market. The term has become one of the dirtiest words in left-coast urban politics. It signifies the legal cudgel wielded by landlords to dislodge hapless renters from their homes so the owners can escape rent control and cash in on today’s soaring property values.

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