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Playlist: KALW 01252021

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Landshark Office Park

From Evan Jacoby | 12:25

The Ellis Act lets California landlords evict rent-controlled tenants. Supporters call it an important tool for repurposing land, but opponents fear "repurposing" is code for cheating rent control.


California has the highest poverty rate in the country, and ranks 49th for housing units per resident. Officials say that’s one of the reasons why a quarter of the nation’s homeless live in California, even though only 12% of the national population lives there. 

Against this backdrop, a controversial housing law called the Ellis Act allows California landlords to remove any building from the rental market, even if it's rent-controlled. Reporter Evan Jacoby shares the story of one of these buildings, observing it through the lenses of both tenant and landlord, as the building turns into an office park.