A San Francisco judge issued the eviction order earlier this month after a jury ruled in favor of the landlord in an unlawful detainer case last month in San Francisco Superior Court.
The six artists had until Wednesday morning to leave their home at 968 Peralta Ave. in Bernal Heights, according to a notice to vacate from the Sheriff’s Department. A group of deputies locked the artists out of the warehouse before noon Wednesday.
The artists lost in court after trying to make their space legal in the eyes of city officials, who flagged their home as a potential safety hazard since it is considered a commercial space.
The Fire Department issued a notice of violation Dec. 21 for the residential use of a commercial space and city planners issued a notice of enforcement a week later.
The Department of Building Inspection also issued three notices of violation for the building in late December for problems including unpermitted construction, non-compliant electrical wiring and improper plumbing.
While safety concerns in the wake of the deadly 2016 Oakland Ghost Ship fire were a significant factor leading to the legal order to vacate the Peralta warehouse, SocketSite notes that complaints about residential use of the warehouse date back to 2003. SocketSite also adds that paperwork to build a five-story, 49-unit residential building on the site was filed in July, 2016.