SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — It’s not an easy job to get tenants on rent control to leave a building. In fact, in the past few years, San Francisco has passed even stricter eviction laws. But more than 100 tenants of the city’s biggest landlord tell us they think he’s trying to annoy them into self-eviction.
Jon Kessler is living in a constant state of construction at his apartment building on 1064 Dolores St. He’s forced to stand idly by as workers roll in tarps, move furniture around, hang plastic sheets and start hammering away, tearing down his walls for “exploratory demolition.”
It’s part of a project to transform some garage space into living units. To be clear, he doesn’t think the demolition was necessary. But it’s just the latest of many disruptive repairs and remodels he has had to endure. “It’s constant,” said Kessler. “Two weeks ago, they were in four days out of a five-day work week.”