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Stop Displacement in Mission District

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Gentrification is when a community undergoes a process of change to transform the community. The Mission District of San Francisco is currently being gentrified. Gentrification is made to benefit the people who are moving into the neighborhood. Not the people who have been living there. The change is usually designed to make the community conform to how most middle-class white Americans want it.

Because of that, the community becomes victim to assimilation. What makes each community so great is the different culture that is in each one. The people who have been living in Mission District most of their lives have shaped the community with their culture. Newcomers have no right to change the culture and displace the residents. We need to protect the people who live in the Mission District and their culture.

Because of the gentrification in the Mission District, houses become more valuable. Landlords realize that they could greatly increase their rent. But, landlords can currently increase rent on their tenants by a small percentage each year. If the landlords increased rent by that small percentage each year, it would never catch up to the market value of what the current rent is worth. Therefore, landlords desperately want to get rid of their tenants, and get new ones so they could increase rent.

They do this by evicting their tenants. San Francisco requires landlords to have a reason to evict. One of the reasons that allows landlords to evict is when a landlord considers their tenant to be a nuisance. Landlords are able to abuse this law, and displace their current tenants. After their current tenants are displaced, they get new ones who pay a much higher rent price. But what is considered a nuisance?

The reason for eviction of being a nuisance is too vague. It allows landlords to evict their tenant for almost any reason. It is extremely unfair to tenants. We have to get rid of this law to protect the residents and culture of the Mission District. Please sign this petition to protect the community.

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