Want to evict tenants easily and penalize poor people? Do what this California city has done

Want to evict tenants easily and penalize poor people? Do what this California city has done
Weapon of the class war.

[Ed. – Leave it to the Bay Area to come up with hiply sanctimonious ways to stick it to the poor and give landlords a method for finally booting long-protected tenants.]

[A]cross the Golden Gate Bridge, one tony Marin County city passed a law that — if, as expected, its expansive portions spread to other locales — could be the godsend for hard-pressed property owners throughout California. It’s not a housing law, but an anti-tobacco law. It bans all tobacco-related products — cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, etc. — in multi-unit apartment complexes, condominiums and mobile-home parks. Other California communities, including San Francisco, have smoking bans in apartments, but Novato is dramatically pushing the envelope.

Under the law, which goes into effect January 2018, all leases must include a clause “providing that it is a material breach of the agreement for tenant or any other person subject to the control of the tenant or present by invitation or permission of the tenant to violate any law regulating smoking while anywhere on the property.” In other words, if a tenant or any of the tenant’s guests use any type of tobacco product, the landlord will have the right to evict them. …

The law also…means a landlord can potentially evict a tenant simply for owning a commemorative ashtray. …

The law targets lower-income people given that single-family homes are exempt in a city where the median single-home value is around $745,000.

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