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Robert Earl Davis said his landlord notified him he was going out of the rental business and that he will be evicted from Apartment 72, which he rents in San Francisco, on Nov. 19. Davis has lived in the same rent controlled two-bedroom apartment since 1973. Evictions in general have gone up about 38 percent in the past three years. But the number of evictions under the Ellis Act, a state law allowing landlords to empty buildings and exit the rental business, has jumped to 162 this year, an increase of more than 145 percent from the previous one, according to a recent report by the city’s budget and legislative analyst.

Evictions soar in San Francisco as real estate prices rise

Published: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 - 12:00 am

Katherine Seligman is a freelance writer based in San Francisco.

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