Woman, 98, Evicted From San Francisco Apartment After 50 Years
By Mario Sevilla
Wed Jul 9th, 2014 7:22pm America/Los_Angeles
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Don’t be fooled by the frail frame of the 98-year-old woman that answers the door of a San Francisco apartment.
The elderly woman is putting up a brawny fight against the landlord that is trying to kick her out of her home.
“I didn’t sit down and cry, I just refused to believe it,” said Mary Phillips.
“They’re going to have to take me out of here feet first.”
Phillips has lived at her Dolores Street apartment for 50 years, but now her landlord, Urban Green Investments, is evicting her along with several other tenants through the Ellis Act.
The 1986 Ellis Act is a state law that gives landlords the unconditional right to evict tenants to get out of the rental business.
Urban Green Investments has purchased a number of buildings in San Francisco, has evicted its residents through the Ellis Act, and is reselling the buildings for profit.
Many of those being evicted are low income families and seniors.
“I’ve been very happy here,” Phillips said. “I’ve always paid my rent, I’ve never been late.”
Phillips’ apartment is filled with mementos and memories of days gone by. She doesn’t go out anymore, but she was able to enjoy 4th of July fireworks from her patio.
She doesn’t know how long she will be allowed to stay there.
Phillips says she has nowhere else to live and now she and her attorneys are fighting the eviction.
Defenses may be limited but tenants who fight the Ellis eviction win surprisingly often, according to the San Francisco Tenants Union.
For now she continues to live her life. And, in case you think her age might cause her to cave in and change her mind, think again.
“Just because of your age, don’t let people push you around,” Phillips said.
KRON 4 made numerous attempts to contact Urban Green Investments, as well as its parent company, but they did not respond.
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