The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department put a hold on enforcing court-ordered evictions last Friday after new shelter-in-place orders were announced. The Sheriff’s Department had not enforced evictions between March and November 12, and it is unclear why they began enforcing evictions again last week.
As part of a group that included Eviction Defense Collaborative, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Tenderloin Housing Clinic, and others, Bay Area Legal Aid sent Sheriff Paul Miyamoto a letter asking him to stop enforcing evictions. The letter cited a University of California Los Angeles California study that found higher rates of coronavirus cases and deaths in states that lifted eviction moratoriums. Since March, BayLegal has advocated for a pause on eviction proceedings and tenant protections.