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Levin v. City and County of San Francisco Documents 8-8-15

Motion to Dismiss Appeal

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J. David Breemer

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David (Dave) Breemer developed a passion for liberty while reading classics such as John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government and Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man, as he pursued a … ›

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Deborah J. La Fetra

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Debbie grew up in an economically-striving lower-middle class family and was the first to get a college degree. Watching and learning from her exceptionally hard-working father, and with the support … ›

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By Caleb R. Trotter

San Francisco still trying to force landlords to pay for tenants' high rent

In 2014 PLF successfully asked a federal court to strike down a San Francisco ordinance that required landlords to pay their tenants the difference between the rent they charged (often low due to rent control policies) and the current market rent for two years if the landlord removed their property from the rental market under California’s Ellis Act Under the ordinance, some property owners were required to pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in some cases, millions, just to stop being landlords After PLF’s victory on behalf of the Levins, San Francisco amended its ordinance to cap the amount landlords could be forced

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By J. David Breemer

S.F. to appeal Levin defeat–calls out PLF

Today, the City of San Francisco issued a press statement announcing its plans to appeal its recent loss in the case of Levin et al v City and County of San Francisco In that case, a federal court held that the City unconstitutionally took private property in enacting a law requiring landlords to pay tenants massive sums of money ($118,000 for the Levins) before they can leave the rental business See here for a summary of the decision

In its statement today, the City bemoaned yesterday’s defeat and the important limits it sets on the ability of government to extort property in the permit process:

“This decision places a new and significant obstacle in front of cities defending

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Court Kills SF’s New Tenant Payment Law

A federal judge has struck down a San Francisco law requiring property owners to pay massive sums to tenants before leaving the rental business as an unconstitutional “taking”

https://youtube/Y5vGNGswQXM

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