Nearly 1,400 units were stripped from the Los Angeles housing market last year under the Ellis Act, marking a 27 percent increase from 2015 figures, according to findings from the Coalition for Economic Survival.
Property owners were able to evict tenants of 1,372 units because the Ellis Act permits them to do so if they plan to demolish their buildings or exit the rental market altogether, Curbed reported.
The number of evictions has risen dramatically since 2009. Between 2013 and 2014, for instance, the the number rose from 308 evictions from rent-controlled apartments to 725.
City officials could better protect renters by discouraging the demolition or conversion of rent-controlled units, according to Larry Gross, the executive director of the Coalition. They could also give developers incentives to build affordable housing on city-owned plots.
The state could also take action by eliminating the law or amending it so that building owners must wait five years after buying a piece of property before evicting the tenants, Gross added. [Curbed] — Cathaleen Chen