The noxious byproduct of rent control
Compared with most places, San Francisco is good to its renters. Landlords cannot evict tenants without cause, nor can they impose steep rent hikes.
So CitiApartments, which at its height owned 6,500 apartments in the city, offered incentives for tenants to move, in order to upgrade and raise prices.
But people didn’t move out fast enough. According to dozens of lawsuits filed by authorities and tenants, CitiApartments, a subsidiary of Skyline Realty, turned to intimidation tactics, showing up unannounced with armed guards, entering units illegally, changing locks, shutting off utilities and engaging in retaliatory practices.
“CitiApartments is a perfect example of how ruthless mega-landlords can be,” says Preston of Tenants Together. “It took years to shut them down in San Francisco, and all the while countless tenants were forced from their homes.”
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