98 year old woman getting evicted from her SF apartment
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — “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.
Now, I’m going to take the road less travelled and say this on Mary Phillips. She does not strike me as the nice old grandma who gives her grandkids savings bonds at Christmas and on their birthday every year. Mary Phillips is an angry old lady who’s only thing going is she’s got a sweet apartment deal that’s been in effect since the Johnson administration and that’s about it. Plus she’s paying for it out social security, so you gotta know her rent probably amounts to some kid’s allowance. Not to mention, building is probably filled with termites and asbestos, at least a green building is being put in its place.
She’s pretty much a ward of the state at this point and if you don’t have any family or friends at 98, I really don’t feel bad for you because if you’re a genuinely nice person, there’s probably someone who will let you crash. If not, sorry you old bag.
P.S. This is definitely how she’s paying her attorney’s fees.