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San Francisco Teachers Could Get Eviction Protections

San Francisco may move to protect teachers from "no-fault" evictions during the school year.
April 5, 2016, 7am PDT | Elana Eden
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The proposed ordinance would protect teachers from evictions for reasons beyond their control, providing they've resided in the unit for at least a year.

Critics have suggested that the law could backfire by disincentivizing landlords to rent to teachers, exacerbating the hostility of a market that is already unfriendly to the average educator income—whether they’re looking to rent or to buy.

More than 40 percent of educators in public schools said they feared losing their homes in the near future, in a survey by San Francisco's teachers' union.

As the city's teacher turnover rate grows, thanks in large part to housing prices, San Francisco has taken a suite of steps over the last few years hoping to help teachers stay in the city. Loan-forgiveness, mortgage-assistance, and partial subsidy programs especially encourage homeownership. Mayor Ed Lee and the SFUSD also announced plans last year for a 100-unit affordable-housing complex for public school teachers.

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Published on Monday, April 4, 2016 in San Francisco Examiner
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