Today we are explaining what and who protected tenants are. In San Francisco, tenants have a lot of rights. Protected tenants have even more rights. Those rights come into play primarily when you are trying to evict them, using either an Ellis Act eviction or an owner move-in eviction. You need to know who your protected tenants are.

Basically, there are three categories of protected tenants in San Francisco:


Tenants who are 60 years of age or older and have been in the unit for 10 years or more are protected tenants.


Tenants with a disability who have lived in the unit for 10 years or more are protected tenants.

Chronic Illness

Tenants who are chronically ill and have been living in the unit for five years or more are considered protected tenants.

If you have a building in San Francisco with protected tenants or you’re thinking of buying property in San Francisco that has units occupied by protected tenants, you need to be aware of how to handle any evictions involving those individuals.

This is just a general synopsis of who your protected tenants are. I am not a lawyer and I can’t offer you any legal advice, but if you have any questions or you need additional information, you can contact us at Gordon Property Management, and we’d be happy to help you.